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Zoologist Job Description

A zoologist is a life scientist who studies animals. Zoologists study animals by observing and experimenting on them in their natural habitats, in zoological gardens, and in laboratories to establish facts about them.

A zoologist should be curious, quick-witted, alert, observant, calm and analytical, and have the ability to think critically and solve problems. They should love animals and be willing to manage them either by watching after them where they are kept or by performing scientific research to better their well being.

Famous zoologists include Thomas Henry Huxley (English zoologist), Steve Irwin (the crocodile hunter), Karl Mobius (pioneer in the field of ecology), Georges Cuvier (pioneer in the field of comparative anatomy and paleontology), and Charles Wyville Thompson (marine zoologist).

Pursue a career in zoology if you love animals and have a curious nature and passion for science, especially biology and chemistry.

What does a Zoologist do?

Zoologists may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Zoologist work?

Places of work for zoologists include:

Working Conditions

Zoologists usually work normal office hours, but may be required to work evenings and weekends depending on where they work and the work in hand. They work outdoors in zoological gardens and indoors in laboratories and offices.

Zoologists travel locally or internationally for fieldwork, and may stay away from home for a period of time and work in all kinds of weather conditions.

What is Required to Become a Zoologist?

To become a zoologist, you will need a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in zoology, ecology, wildlife biology or a related discipline.

Secondary school students interested in studying zoology should take preparatory subjects such as English, biology, geography, physics, chemistry, algebra, calculus, and statistics.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:


A zoologist may specialize to become any of the following:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Zoologists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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