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Ornithologists study the behaviour, ecology, classification and conservation of birds and their habitats.

Potential salary
£18,000 to £35,000
Working hours
38 to 40 variable
  • knowledge of biology
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • science skills
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • conducting surveys
  • monitoring bird species
  • tracking bird movements
  • collecting, analysing and evaluating data
  • preparing reports, management plans and presentations

You could work in the countryside.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

With experience you might become a supervisor.

You can find out more about becoming an ornithologist from the British Ornithologists' Union.

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