The Truth Behind The Wildlife

By: Trinity Dombroski

Wildlife biologist

Branches of science

Wildlife biologist would fall under the Life and Physical branches of science because it has to deal with the migration patterns, wildlife, how humans effect wildlife and more under life and physical because of the chemistry involved.


Schooling

High School Courses

Some helpful high school courses are Anatomy and Physiology, Biotechnology, Calculus, Chemistry, and Statistics and Probability. Some ways to help prepare for this education path is to take hunter safety classes and/or volunteer with conservation organizations.


Degree

One degree you can start off with is wildlife sciences and management. This degree teaches people to manage and improve habitats and ecosystems for animals. Wildlife science and management professionals work with individuals for many different backgrounds in order to make sure humans interest are considered yet they protect animals. You could work in a variety of areas with this degree such as managing national parks, zoos, or wildlife refuges. Also you could work in the natural environment, monitoring wildlife habitats and studying endangered species.


Overall this is a degree for someone who loves wildlife and would like to study and protect wildlife. Some collage courses that you take with this degree would be biology, zoology, ecology, and chemistry. You would study areas of wildlife science like wildlife rehabilitation, endangered species science, and fishery management. Also because habitats and the ecosystem is so important to an animals health, this degree focuses a lot on the environment and resource conservation. With ecosystems being so complex , scientist and managers come together to work on complicated research projects and management programs.


University

The school I choose was university of Wisconsin-Madison. I choose this school because its closer to home. It's in a bigger city therefore if I would have something to do if I have free time. It's also a public school so you would a lot of chances to maybe see someone you know. This school is a university and is a four year university. The student to faculty ratio is 17:1 with class sizes of about 29 so classes are bigger and it's a bigger school meaning you get to meet a lot of new people. The average GPA for entering freshman is 3.69. The average ACT score is between 24-27. SATs scores are between 1100-1339.

Work

Wildlife biologist get to go out and study wildlife in its natural habitat, rather than in a laboratory. There research could require them to travel the globe to get the information they need. They are usually hired by state or federal governments. Wildlife biologist work outdoors in all kinds of weathers, and in all types of ecosystems.


Employability

The main factor that effects employment is the availability of funding for long-term research projects and conservation efforts. One employers is Woodland Dunes Nature Center And in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. For a beginner you earn 38,550 per year and 18.53 per hour. When you an expert you make 94,610 per year and 45.49 per hour.


My thoughts

This career I could see myself doing someday. I love animals and it would be a nice change to research them in there natural habitat. Also you aren't so restricted to one place. You could travel the world for this job and you could meet new people. Also you get to have more fun and get to interact with the animals. The only thing is some of the places I would have to go and research for this job aren't the most fun to be in. But in the end there are more pros than cons in this situation.


Work Cited


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