Zoologists, sometimes termed life scientists, study the characteristics of living organisms. They examine the makeup and chemistry of humans, animals, and plants to glean information about how organisms interact with each other. They also may study the environment of living things and perform experiments as needed.

Duties and tasks

  • At times, teaching classes on zoology or other forms of science
  • Designing and conducting experiments to gather information on living organisms
  • Examining bacteria, fungi, cells, and other microscopic organisms, for information on larger plants and animals
  • Observing animals and humans in natural habitats and recording their findings
  • Providing advice to locations where animals are kept in captivity, such as zoos
  • Studying the cellular makeup of living organisms
  • Writing articles and publishing findings

Skills required

  • Active listening skills
  • Excellent knowledge of all forms of science
  • Good knowledge of mathematics
  • Reading comprehension
  • Use of logic, critical thinking, and reasoning to solve complex problems

Working conditions

Zoologists are found in a variety of workplaces. They may work in laboratories or in office settings. Often they work in zoos or animal reserves, or they may work at a college or university.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia

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