Career Profiles: Zoology

CSULB Department of Zoology

Zoology is the study of animals, their origin, behavior and life processes. A zoologist studies all aspects of animal life from the functioning of a single organism through the functioning or behavior of a group of organisms. Many zoologists are interested in the biology of particular groups of animals (i.e. insects-entomologist, snakes- herpetologist, mammals-mammalogist). Zoologists must be able to conduct research, analyze data, have good written and oral communication skills and have a natural curiosity about living things. A bachelor's degree is usually the minimum requirement for entry into the field of zoology. Relevant on-the-job training is extremely helpful for any career. With graduates facing stiff competition, it is becoming increasingly important to seek an advanced degree or specialized training. For a four-year college or university teaching position, a Ph.D. is almost always a necessity; a masterĀ¹s degree is usually required for community college-level teaching.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Animal Breeder
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biological Illustrator
  • Conservation Officer
  • Curator
  • Dairy Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Fisheries Manager
  • Games Keeper
  • Park Naturalist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Aide
  • Taxonomist
  • Veterinary Lab Technician
  • Wildlife Control Agent
  • Zookeeper
  • Zoologist

Where Employed:

  • Aquariums
  • Conservation agencies
  • Construction industry
  • Consulting firms
  • Food/beverage producers
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Medical laboratories
  • Museums
  • National/state parks
  • Petroleum industry
  • Publishing companies
  • Research institutes
  • Zoological gardens
  • Zoos

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