How to become an ornithologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
Most ornithologists have a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject like:
- environmental science
You may need a postgraduate qualification for some jobs.
You'll usually need:
- at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
- between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You'll need a British Trust for Ornithology ringing permit and experience as a birdwatcher to become a bird warden.
You can find job vacancies related to ornithology and other branches of ecology at environmentjob.
Professional and industry bodies
You can register with the British Ornithologists' Union, which has study resources for students and professionals, and information about help with course funding.
You can find out more about becoming an ornithologist from the British Ornithologists' Union.