Zoologist

Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.

Potential salary
£21,000 to £48,000
Working hours
38 to 40 variable
  • 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
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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

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

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

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

You could also work and study overseas.

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

Data from National Careers Service.
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