Nature of work
Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats. There are different types of zoology studies, but I aspire to be an entomologist.
Entomologist studies insects.
Training, Qualifications, and Advancement
Typical Entry-Level Education is having a Bachelor’s degree and a Doctoral degree. Aspiring entomologists can pursue bachelor's degrees in biological sciences, though some universities offer programs specifically in entomology.
They work in offices, laboratories, and outdoors. Depending on their job and interests, they may spend considerable time in the field gathering data and studying animals in their natural habitats. Other zoologists and wildlife biologists may spend very little time in the field.
Fieldwork can require zoologists and wildlife biologists to travel to remote locations anywhere in the world. For example, marine biologists may spend months at sea on a research ship. Other zoologists and wildlife biologists may spend significant amounts of time in deserts or remote mountainous and woodland regions.
There are 21,300 open jobs related to this field of employment. Most zoologists and wildlife biologists work full time. They may work long or irregular hours, especially when doing fieldwork. Zoologists and wildlife biologists who work with nocturnal animals may need to work at night at least some of the time. In all environments, working as a zoologist or wildlife biologist can be emotionally demanding because interpersonal contact may be limited.
State government, excluding education and hospitals employed the most zoologist and biologist with 33%.
The median annual wage for zoologists and wildlife biologists was $59,680-$74,190 a year.
Cetologists study marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins.
Entomologists study insects, such as beetles and butterflies.
Herpetologists study reptiles and amphibians, such as snakes and frogs.
Ichthyologists study wild fish, such as sharks and lungfish.
Mammalogists study mammals, such as monkeys and bears.
Ornithologists study birds, such as hawks and penguins.
Teuthologists study cephalopods, such as octopuses and cuttlefish.
Limnologists study organisms that live in freshwater.
Marine biologists study organisms that live in saltwater.