High paying careers in zoology

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Zoology is the study of animals and wildlife. Zoology careers vary from day-to-day jobs at zoos and safari parks to scientific field work -- watching and studying how and why animals do what they do within their natural environment. There are a few high-paying careers in the field of zoology.

Zoology professor

An experienced zoologist who has been working in the field for many years can be employed by a major university to teach undergraduate or graduate students how to be zoologists. This is one of the highest-paying careers in zoology. Professors of subjects such as zoology at major universities typically earn between £45,000 and £90,000 a year, as of 2014. Larger universities with established zoology programmes pay more than smaller institutions.

Wildlife rehabilitator

Wildlife rehabilitators care for animals who are sick, injured or abandoned in the wild and nurse them back to a state of health, where they can naturally return to the wild or they can live in zoos or reserves to educate the general public about the importance of their species. These zoologist jobs vary in annual salary, though experienced animal rehabilitators often make the best money. However, this wage varies from organisation to organisation. The more time you spend in this area of zoology, the more money you will make based on work experience, because you will have dealt with more animals in a wider variety of situations.

Television personality

One of the best-paying zoological jobs is to host your own wildlife show on television, giving exposure not only to yourself and to the profession you have dedicated your life to, but also making you extra money on top of what you make as a zoologist. This extra salary all depends on the channel your wildlife show is on, as television companies pay different fees based on viewing figures and advertising income. Many wildlife-show hosts make thousands of pounds per episode, as well as repeat fees based on each time the episodes are shown.