Knowing the kingdom by: Marissa Austin 4th hour

. . . . . . Facts About Zoologists. . . . . . .

  • Work at zoos, out in the wild, at a university, in an office, or in labs
  • Study genetics
  • Study animal behavior
  • Study animals' habitat and ecological roles
  • Sometimes study population management
  • Most often, they study a specific kindom, such as mammals or reptiles
  • Only need a bachelors degree, but to do independent research or teach, will need Ph.D
  • In education, need a full range of scientific knowledge, not just biology
  • An undergraduate degree in zoology, can be a good foundation for other occupations such as a veterinarian or a biologist
  • An estimated 5,900 new jobs were expected to come up between 2010, and 2020


Pros of being a Zoologist

  • Depending on your primary focus in zoology, you could work almost anywhere
  • You can be a zoologist, even if you have allergies, or hate an office; the possibilities are endless
  • Having the doctorate allows you permission to go to special places and use extremely high-tech equipment for your research

Cons of being a zoologist

  • Research takes a lot of devoted personal time
  • Most often you have to pay for your own equipment
  • Career has competition, so it should take a look a long time to actually accomplish something original


Helpful high school courses

  • Animal care and veterinary science I & II
  • Small animal and horse care
  • Fish and wildlife I & II management
  • Biotechnology in plants, animals, and environ.
  • Advanced biology

Helpful college courses

  • Integrated science with biology
  • Outdoor recreation and leadership
  • Biology
  • Biology - zoology concentration
  • Introduction to animal science
  • Animal health management
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Comparative animal nutrition
  • Animal physiology and anatomy

University of Madison, Wisconsin

3 Pros
  • Close to home
  • Affordable
  • Better chance at being accepted than the boys
3 Cons
  • Only one class available to every student
  • Not very diverse
  • REALLY big

Northern Michigan university

3 Pros
  • Close to home
  • 95% of applicants accepted
  • Pretty diverse
3 Cons
  • No woman's tennis
  • Entrance fees are more than $500 extra for out-of-state tuition
  • High school extracurricular activities are not considered in application

University of Tennessee

3 Pros

  • Talent, ability, and extra curricular activities are considered when applying
  • 560 acres
  • They have woman's tennis
3 Cons

  • Out-of-state tuition is $18,000 more
  • Not diverse
  • Only 8% of students are from out-of-state


Do you like animals and caring for them? Well then zoology might be for you. Zoologists work in labs, out in the wild and often at zoos to care for and study the animals. They use journals, computers, and many other tools to conduct their research. To be considered a zoologist, you need a degree in a biological science field and primarily study animals. Wisconsin is expected to have 630 zoologists in 2020 and he average earnings for a zoologist is $59,500 a year. Similar occupations include being a wildlife biologist and an ecologist. Some organizations representing this field include the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and the Zoological Association of America.
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