How to become a zoologist
You can get into this job by doing:
- a university course
You could study for a degree in a subject like:
- animal ecology
- animal behaviour
- marine biology
- environmental biology
You'll need a relevant postgraduate qualification like a master's degree or PhD for some jobs, particularly in research.
Some degree courses offer a placement year where you can gain relevant experience in areas like conservation.
Doing an internship during the summer of your second or last but one year at university can also help you gain useful knowledge and skills. Your university careers department may have links with wildlife or conservation organisations in the UK or overseas.
You can also look for opportunities on websites like:
You'll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
Volunteering in conservation work is a good way to strengthen your application for university courses.
Many opportunities will go unadvertised, so you may need to contact organisations direct.
You can also use sites like: