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Helping you find a career as a Zoologist

The job of a zoologist is to study animals and how they behave in their natural habitats. This knowledge can help to create medicine, control diseases, support animal rights and protect wild animals.

What does a Zoologist do?
A zoologist will:
  • Study animals either in the wild or in captivity

  • Collect data

  • Study data for patterns

  • Examine cells, eggs and other animal matter

  • Produce technical reports

  • Give presentations to other professionals or the public

  • Contribute to journals and books
What skills and interests should an Zoologist have?
  • Verbal and written communication

  • Working interdependently

  • Attention to detail

  • Problem solving

  • IT and mathematical skills

  • Logical thinking

  • Research

  • Conducting experiments
What hours does a Zoologist typically do?
You hours will depend on the type of research you undertake. Those working in industry research can expect to work typical office hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, whilst those working as field researchers need to work flexible hours, including nights if animals are nocturnal. Those working in higher education will work 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, although will be expected to work overtime.
What environment is a Zoologist based in?
An office, a lab or outdoors, depending on your role.
How much does a Zoologist travel?
Some roles may involve traveling around the country or even living overseas for extended periods, whilst others will be in a dedicated work space and involve little travel.
How much does a Zoologist get paid?
The salary you can expect as a zoologist vary greatly depending on the role and the company employing you, but in general starting salaries are between £18,000 and £25,000 a year.

After you gain some experience this can increase to between £25,000 and £30,000 a year, with the most senior zoologists earning in excess of £45,000 a year.
What qualifications does a Zoologist need?
The basic educational requirement to become a zoologist is an undergraduate degree in a related subject. However, the majority of applicants also have a postgraduate degree in a related subject.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • Zoology

  • Animal ecology

  • Animal behaviour

  • Conservation

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