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Zoologists & Wildlife Biologists

Also called: Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fisheries Biologist

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.

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

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

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

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer modeling software
  • HATPRO
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Database management software
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$57,710
per year, on average
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