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Zoologists study animals and their behaviour. This may be for developing and testing new drugs, animal welfare and education, disease and pest control, improving agricultural crops and livestock or developing policies and enforcing regulations for government agencies. Zoologists will carry out field or laboratory research, study animals in their natural environment or in captivity and identify monitor and record new species. They may also give presentations and publish information in journals and books.

Entry Requirements


You could study for a degree in a subject like:

  • zoology
  • animal ecology
  • animal behaviour
  • conservation

You'll need a relevant postgraduate qualification like a master's degree or PhD for some jobs, particularly in research.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Career Tips

Volunteering in conservation work could strengthen your application for university courses.

You can find more details about careers and training in zoology from the Institute of Zoology.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move into other jobs like management, marketing, sales, scientific journalism or consultancy.

You could also work and study overseas.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Ornithologist
  • Pet behaviour counsellor

Required Skills

You will need to have:

  • a very keen interest in animals and their environment
  • a strong interest in science (particularly biology and chemistry)
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • the ability to conduct detailed work methodically and accurately

Salary Range

£21,000 to £48,000

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