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To prepare for a career in zoology, make sure to get a
well-rounded high school education. Although a solid grounding in
biology and chemistry is an absolute necessity, you should remember
that facility in English will also be invaluable. Writing
monographs and articles, communicating with colleagues both orally
and in writing, and writing persuasive fund-raising proposals are
all activities at which scientists need to excel. You should also
read widely, not merely relying on books on science or other
subjects that are required by the school. The scientist-in-training
should search the library for magazines and journals dealing with
areas that are of personal interest. Developing the habit of
reading will help to prepare you for the massive amounts of reading
involved in research and keeping up with the latest developments in
the field. Computer skills are also essential, since most
zoologists not only use the computer for writing, communication,
and research, but they also use various software programs to
perform statistical analyses.
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