What is needed to become a zoologist?

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What is needed to become a zoologist?
Zoology can encompass anything from marine biology to animal behavioural science. (faon image by Uolir from Fotolia.com)

Zoology can be a rewarding career, especially for those who love animals. Far from being limited to work in zoos, this field can encompass anything from marine biology to animal behavioural science.

Skill level:

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  1. 1

    Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in general biology or any other life science, and maintain a high grade-point average (GPA).

  2. 2

    Earn an advanced degree in a subject related to the area in which you would like to work. For example, if you want to work in an aquarium, pursue a master's degree in marine biology.

  3. 3

    Gain strong recommendations and work experience through internships or research fellowships.

  4. 4

    Develop good verbal and written communication skills so you can speak to the public or write lengthy papers documenting your research findings.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a place in mind where you would like to work as a zoologist, try to get an internship there while you’re in school, even if it is unpaid.
  • Don't be squeamish. If you are, you will never make it through school and you certainly will not like your job. Zoology is a hands-on field, and working with animals can get dirty, whether you’re cutting raw meat to feed to tigers or preparing specimens in a research lab.

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