Zoologist

By: Nicole LaBar, 4th Hour

Quote

One wonders who knows more about the coyote, the zoologist who is able to study its external habit and dissect its cadaver or the Indian medicine man who identifies himself with the "spirit" of the coyote?

~Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Basic Information About Zoologists

  • They study the orgin of animals.
  • They study the behavior of animals.
  • Perform experiments on living and dead animals.
  • They study life processes of animals.
  • They also study the diseases of animals.
  • Zoologists can write reporters and research articles about animals.
  • Work in research labs or the habitat of the animal they are researching.
  • Earn an average of $68,281.
  • Job lookout has been positive (good) since 2004.
  • They can work for weeks or months at a time.

Pros and Cons

Pros

•Work with all different kinds of animals.

•Study what makes up an animal.

•Make between $55,924-$84,207.

Cons

•Work long hours (cut into family time).

•Animals can't communicate with you.

•Experiment on dead animals.

What You Need to Succeed

High School Cources:

•Anatomy and Physiology

•Biotechnology

•Calculus

•Advanced Calculus

•Chemistry

•Statistics and Probability

Anatomy and Physiology would be helpful because they will help you learn about the bodily structure of animals. Biotechnology would be helpful because it will help you learn about the genetic manipulation of microorganisms. Chemistry would be helpful because it will help you learn about the identification of substances where matter is composed. Calculus and Advanced Calculus will help you learn calculations which might later be needed for curing animals diseases. Statistics and Probability will help you learn how to take data from a study and the likelihood of something happening (ex. the likelihood of an animal dying from a certain disease).
College Cources:

•General Biology

•General Chemistry

•Genetics

•Wildlife Biology

General biology would be helpful because it will help you learn about the study of living organisms within animals and plants. General chemistry would be helpful because it will help you learn about the identification of susbtsances where matter is composed. Genetics would be helpful because it will help you learn about the properties of animals. Finally, wildlife biology would be helpful because it will help you learn about the study of living organisms of wildlife animals.

Associations/Professional Associations

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Phone Number- 1-888-936-7463

Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921



American Society for Microbiology

1752 N Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20036-2904

Phone Number- (202) 737-3600

Job Advertisement

As a zoologist you get study the origin, behavior, diseases, and life processes of animals. You will get to conduct these experiments on living and dead animals. As a zoologist, you might also look into writing reports and research articles about the animal you researched.


The working conditions may vary depending on the type of job you have. You can work in research labs or the habitat of the animal you are researching. There are however physical demands for this job. Including, working for possibly weeks or even months. Another demand is that you might live in harsh conditions if you work in the habitat the animal you are researching lives.


For this job you need to at least have your bachelor degree. However, if you just have a bachelor degree, you might be put in another field than a zoologist so you may want a higher degree and also consider doing research or teaching in college. The overall job lookout for a zoologist has been positive (in demand) since 2004.


Now the real question is, how much money will I make? The average amount of money a zoologist makes is $68,281, with an overall range between $55,924-$84,207. The salary can vary depending on company size, location, industry, and years of experience.


If you are intersect in this job you can contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at 1-888-936-7463. Or you can contact the American Society for Microbiology at (202) 737-3600.

Picture Citations

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Digital image. ZoologyDegreeOnline.com. N.p., 2012. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.