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Career Job Description
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists develop and conduct experimental studies with animals in controlled or their natural surroundings. They collect biological data and specimens for further analysis. They study the characteristics of animals, such as their interactions with other species, reproduction, diseases, and movement patterns. They also analyze the influence that human activity has on wildlife and their natural habitats. They estimate wildlife populations and give presentations on their research findings.
Zoologists and wildlife biologists need at least a bachelor’s degree. A Master's degree is often needed for advancement. Zoologists and wildlife biologists need to have important qualities such as, Critical thinking skills, Interpersonal skills, Observation, Problem solving, Speaking and Writing Skills. Students typically take ecology, anatomy, wildlife management, and cellular biology. They also take courses that focus on a particular group of animals, such as ichthyology (fish) or ornithology (birds).