By: Jordan Johnson
Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.
Study characteristics of animals, such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories and diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.
Inform and respond to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.
Coordinate preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.
Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
Prepare collections of preserved specimens or microscopic slides for species identification and study of development or disease.
Perform administrative duties such as fundraising, public relations, budgeting, and supervision of zoo staff.
Collect and dissect animal specimens and examine specimens under microscope.
Check for, and ensure compliance with, environmental laws, and notify law enforcement when violations are identified.
Employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. More zoologists and wildlife biologists will be needed to study the impact that human population growth and development has on wildlife and their natural habitats. However, because most funding comes from governmental agencies, demand for zoologists and wildlife biologists will be limited by budgetary constraints.