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:

  • Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
  • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
  • Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.

lightbulb KNOWLEDGE

Math and Science

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

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Safety and Government

  • law and government

Business

  • customer service

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

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

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems

Attention

  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Math

  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

user PERSONALITY

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

  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability

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

book EDUCATION

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bachelor's degree or
master's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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AVERAGE

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

SALARY
$62,290


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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