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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Quick Facts : Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists*
2010 Median Pay$57,430
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201219,800
Job Outlook7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change1,500

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study the characteristics and habitats of animals and wildlife. They use geographic information systems, modeling software, and other computer programs to estimate populations and track the behavior patterns of animals. They also use these programs to forecast the spread of invasive species, diseases, and other potential threats to wildlife.

What Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Do

  • Develop and conduct experimental studies with animals in controlled or natural surroundings
  • Collect biological data and specimens for further analysis
  • Analyze the influence that human activity has on wildlife and their natural habitats
  • Write research papers, reports, and scholarly articles that explain their findings
  • Make recommendations to policymakers and the general public on wildlife conservation and management issues

Work Environment

Zoologists and wildlife biologists work in offices, laboratories, and outdoors. Most zoologists and wildlife biologists work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, demand for zoologists and wildlife biologists in local, state, and federal government agencies.
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The average salary of zoologists and wildlife biologists in May 2010 was $57,430.
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Becoming a Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and wildlife biologists need a bachelor's degree for entry-level positions, but a master's degree is often needed for advancement. For independent research and for college teaching positions having a Ph.D. is necessary.
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