How to become a zoologist
Pathways to this career
- Complete a bachelor's degree in science majoring in zoology.
- Sign up for work experience or volunteer work to build practical experience and boost your resume. Contact animal shelters, zoos, wildlife parks, sanctuaries and animal conservations for potential opportunities.
- Complete a postgraduate zoology degree to further your chances of obtaining a high-level role with extra responsibility and higher remuneration.
- Are you a researcher at heart? Take the academic route and study a PhD in zoology.
What does a zoologist do?
Duties and tasks
- Design and conduct experiments to gather information on living organisms
- Examine bacteria, fungi, cells, and other microscopic organisms, for information on larger plants and animals
- Observe animals and humans in natural habitats and record their findings
- Teach classes on zoology or other forms of science
- Provide advice to locations where animals are kept in captivity, such as zoos
- Life scientist
- Marine Biologist
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