Career Details for Zoologists & Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists & Wildlife Biologists

Also called:

Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fisheries Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist

What they do:

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

On the job, you would:

  • Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
  • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
  • Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.

lightbulb KNOWLEDGE

Math and Science

  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics

Business

  • administrative services

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

trophy ABILITIES

Verbal

  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Attention

  • pay attention to something without being distracted

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • Computer modeling software
  • SAS

Data base user interface and query software

  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Access

Spreadsheet software

  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel

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master's degree or
bachelor's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BELOW AVERAGE

New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

SALARY
$60,520


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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