So, you’ve settled on a zoology major but aren’t sure that you want to be a zoologist. You have other things peaking your interest as well. What are other jobs are great for zoology majors that you might find interesting?
If your major is zoology, chances are, you love animals. As a kid, you were always fascinated with furry creatures, or in high school, you thrived in science class. You enjoy learning about the relationships between animals, plants, and the environment.
As a zoology major, you’ll be sitting in on courses like biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics, communications, statistics, computer technology, animal science, veterinary science, animal husbandry and behavior, ecology, and others. Whew! Think of all the possible job prospects with that list!
Zoology majors study animal species. The areas of study may involve research, animal management, or education. A Bachelor’s degree in zoology can also be a Bachelor of Science degree. The degree is a 4-year biological science degree that focuses on animals and their health, habitats, and behavior.
This degree opens the door to many options in the biological sciences. Whether you want to work with animals in the field or in the laboratory, where you might take samples and observe animal behavior, a zoology degree will help you with your goal.
Maybe you would rather teach. If so, there are jobs to cater to that also. Even still, your heart might lie with conservation or environmental causes. Again, zoology is a great degree to access the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a job in those areas.
Bear in mind that most of the industries with the highest numbers of employment for many jobs related to zoology are in the governmental sector, at the local, state, and federal levels. Jobs within the federal government pay best.
Managerial positions within corporations are the next highest paying jobs in the field, followed by private industry jobs.
Since there are so many great career opportunities for zoology majors, let’s get right to it! These are some of the best job options out there if you are majoring in zoology.
So, you thrive on adventure and would rather be outside amongst the wild creatures of the earth rather than stuck inside behind a desk or in a laboratory.
While many jobs in this field of science do have to occasionally spend time in labs or behind a computer, these jobs may offer more opportunities out in the field.
1. Wildlife Biologists/Zoologists encompasses the field you majored in. Wildlife Biologists and Zoologists are scientists that observe and study the behaviors of animals. They study the characteristics of wildlife and determine their role the ecosystems as well as how they interact with humans.
Wildlife Biologists and Zoologists may perform experiments to further scientific knowledge about a species or various other reasons.
Many biologists/zoologists will branch off into specific fields, which may include ornithology(study of birds), marine biology(animals and creatures of the sea and ocean), entomology(study of bugs), herpetologists (reptiles and amphibians), or limnology(study of lakes and fresh bodies of water).
Wildlife Biologists and Zoologists are important to preserving the state of our environment and furthering our understanding of the creatures we share our planet with.
The median annual salary of a Wildlife Biologist and Zoologist is $59,680.
2. Marine Mammal Trainers are responsible for the welfare of animals in zoos, marine reserves, game parks, and aquariums. They work closely with animals like dolphins, sea lions, walruses, and whales.
They train them and are responsible for the animal’s environment, diet and medical care. In addition to a degree in zoology, most employers prefer a master’s degree in marine mammal’s specialization.
Marine Mammal Trainers earn a median annual income of $42,000.
If you’re more of a laid-back type and somewhat nerdy, you may prefer to be inside using your skills in the education field with your zoology degree.
3. Biology Teachers teach students the principles of biology, the science that focuses on the study of life and living organisms. Biology teachers use lab experiments and other scientific investigations to engage and teach their students.
Of course, the big advantage of becoming a teacher is that teachers usually have two months off during the summer.
The average yearly income for biology teachers is $57,200.
4. Research Assistants are important members of the research staff. They may order and manage lab inventory, materials, and equipment. They collect and analyze data. They conduct research projects and write scholarly findings in papers regarding their research.
Research Assistants earn on average $49,000 a year.
YOU REALLY LOVE ANIMALS
If you really love animals and prefer to work directly with them, these jobs are for you. You may not be so concerned about studying animals as much as you are caring for them.
5. Veterinarians care for the health of animals. They work to improve their health just as medical doctors do for humans. Veterinarians diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock and other animals.
They may work in hospitals or private clinics, while some travel to farms. In addition to a zoology degree, you have to have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to be a veterinarian.
The median annual salary of a veterinarian is $88,490 a year.
6. Zoo Curators work in animal parks or zoos and they are in charge of the daily welfare of the animals there. Zoo Curators are managers who supervise animal keepers, who feed and maintain the animals.
The zoo curator works under the supervision of a veterinarian and plans the diets, administers medication, and detects illness and injury of the animals. When it is necessary to move an animal, the zoo curator must ensure that it is done so in a safe manner for both the animal and public.
A zoo curator earns approximately $48,500 a year.
You’ve always been concerned with the environment and the impact it’s having on living things or maybe the impact living things are having on the environment. With a zoology degree, maybe there’s a job you can make a difference on the issues that matter to you.
7. Ecologists study the way the environment affects living things and vice versa, carefully examining the relationships between them. They can work for environmental organizations, for the government, or for museums, zoos, or aquariums. The great thing is a lot of their work consists of working outside.
The average yearly pay of an ecologist is $55,000 a year.
8. Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow, and interact with their environments.
Microbiologists may work in offices or laboratories, where they conduct their scientific experiments and analyze the result.
Microbiologists earn approximately $67,500 a year.
OFF THE WALL JOBS
Well, it’s not that these are so off the wall. We just can’t pronounce these job titles. But, if it’s something that interests you, it’s a sure bet that you can.
9. Ichthyologists are biologists that study species of fish, sharks, or rays. They are involved in fish identification, behavioral observation, water quality monitoring, research, data evaluation, writing and publishing in scientific journals, and more.
They can work in education, research or management, but in some cases, an ichthyologist travels to domestic and international locations to collect specimens from oceans, rivers, and lakes. They often must have open water diving skills to do this kind of work.
Alternatively, Ichthyologists work for colleges, research facilities, aquariums, zoos, conservation organizations and more. Usually, all that is required is a bachelor’s degree in zoology.
Ichthyologists can earn a median annual salary of $57,000 a year.
10. Herpetologists study reptiles and amphibians. Perhaps you’ve always been fascinated with snakes, turtles, iguanas, frogs, and lizards?
Herpetology deals with the behaviors of those types of animal, their physiologies, development, genetics, and more. They study them in the wild, where they can identify potential threats to the species, pollution issues, disease and more.
They estimate the populations of those animals within a geographical area. They may publish research findings or give speeches at professional conferences. They may also educate the public through special programs.
The average salary of a herpetologist is $57,000 a year.
There you have it – 10 fantastic jobs for zoology majors. There are so many job options for someone who gets a zoology degree under their belt, it might be hard to settle on just one.
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