Also known as Aquatic Biologist, Conservation Resources Management Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fisheries Biologist, Fisheries Management Biologist, Habitat Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist
Also known as Aquatic Biologist, Conservation Resources Management Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Zoologists study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife.
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Zoologists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Zoologists. More generally, Zoologists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Zoologist is $66,350, and the average salary is $70,510. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Zoologist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Zoologists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Zoologists earn less than $41,720 per year, 25% earn less than $52,630, 75% earn less than $82,670, and 90% earn less than $106,320.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Zoologists is expected to change by 5.4%, and there should be roughly 1,700 open positions for Zoologists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Zoologist are usually higher in their Investigative and Realistic interests.
Zoologists typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Zoologists typically have strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Zoologist tend to value Achievement, Recognition, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Zoologists strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Zoologists strongly value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Lastly, Zoologists moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Zoologists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, cooperation, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Zoologists, ranked by importance:
Many Zoologists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Zoologists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Zoologists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as biology, law and government, or geography knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Zoologists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Zoologists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Zoologists need abilities such as written comprehension, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Zoologists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Zoologists frequently use skills like active listening, science, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Zoologists, ranked by their relative importance.
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