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Job Description

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’ll usually need a degree in a subject like zoology, animal ecology, animal behaviour or conservation.

Experience volunteering in conservation work or a related area may help when applying for courses.

For some jobs, particularly in research, you’ll need a relevant postgraduate qualification, like a master’s degree or PhD.

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.

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National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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

Starting Salary

£21,000 to £48,000

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