Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

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What do 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.

Also known as:

Aquatic Biologist, Conservation Resources Management Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fish Biologist, Fisheries Biologist, Fisheries Management Biologist, Fishery Biologist, Habitat Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Manager, Zoologist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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    Ranks #43 in job growth rate
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    Ranks #22 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (22.6%)
  • Master's degree (31.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (46%)
  • Associate's degree (0%)
  • Some college, no degree (0%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Measure environmental characteristics.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities.
  • Assess compliance with environmental laws.
  • Plan biological research.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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