Zoologist

Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£48,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays attending events or appointments

How to become a zoologist

You can get into this job by doing:

  • a university course

University

You could study for a degree in a subject like:

  • zoology
  • animal ecology
  • animal behaviour
  • conservation

You'll need a relevant postgraduate qualification like a master's degree or PhD for some jobs, particularly in research.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and sometimes a science
  • at least 2 A levels, including biology, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Volunteering and experience

Volunteering in conservation work could strengthen your application for university courses.

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Further information

You can find more details about careers and training in zoology from the Institute of Zoology.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • science skills
  • the ability to read English
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • carrying out field and laboratory research
  • studying animals in their natural environment or in captivity
  • identifying, recording and monitoring animal species
  • gathering and interpreting information
  • using complex procedures, like computerised molecular and cellular analysis, and in-vitro fertilisation
  • producing detailed technical reports
  • giving presentations and publishing information in journals and books
  • supervising technicians

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory or at a research facility.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into other jobs like management, marketing, sales, scientific journalism or consultancy.

You could also work and study overseas.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

BSc(Hons) Applied Zoology

  • Provider: Moulton College
  • Start date: 23 September 2019
  • Location: Northampton

Foundation Degree in Animal Management & Zoology (Year 2) (Level 5)

  • Provider: Capel Manor College
  • Start date: 24 September 2019
  • Location: Enfield

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