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Zoologist

Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.

Annual Salary

£21,000 to £48,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; attending events or appointments

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • carrying out field and laboratory research
  • studying animals in their natural environment or in captivity
  • identifying, recording and monitoring animal species
  • gathering and interpreting information
  • using complex procedures, like computerised molecular and cellular analysis, and in-vitro fertilisation
  • producing detailed technical reports
  • giving presentations and publishing information in journals and books
  • supervising technicians

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory or at a research facility.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job by doing:

  • a university course
University

You could study for a degree in a subject like:

  • zoology
  • animal ecology
  • animal behaviour
  • conservation

You'll need a relevant postgraduate qualification like a master's degree or PhD for some jobs, particularly in research.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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Volunteering and work experience

Volunteering in conservation work could strengthen your application for university courses.

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Further information

You can find more details about careers and training in zoology from the Institute of Zoology.

With experience, you could move into other jobs like management, marketing, sales, scientific journalism or consultancy.

You could also work and study overseas.

You can find more details about careers and training in zoology from the Institute of Zoology.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • science skills
  • the ability to read English
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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