Zoologists study the behavior of animals and wildlife and studies the diseases and genetics of animals across the globe or in specific areas. After conducting research activities and experiments around animal health and behavior, they create plans and strategies to help animals recover from illness, injury or habitat change. Zoologists have the option to have a general role or specialize in caretaking or rehabilitation of animals.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Monitor the well-being of animals including general examinations and various testing to diagnose diseases or injury
  • Create plans or strategies to help animals recover from illness, injury or habitat change
  • Analyze and collect pollutants from animal habitats to solve environmental problems that affect an animal’s health
  • Identify harmful diseases that are threatening animals
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of industry standards and utilize various equipment
  • Dissect and perform autopsies on deceased animals and ensure proper preservation
  • Maintain proper and sufficient documentation of research and studies
  • Work with veterinarians to administer medication and perform surgeries and births
  • Conduct animal education courses, exhibits and workshops
  • Prepare food, groom animals and clean their habitat or enclosure (if in a caretaker role)
  • Care for ill or injured animals and release back into their natural habitats once recovered (if in a rehabilitator role)

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • biology
  • anatomy
  • animal science
  • natural resources
  • computer skills
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in zoology, biology, natural resource management or ecology is required to become a zoologist.

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