Zoologist

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Zoologists perform many varied tasks depending on their specialisation and the area they are working in. As part of research they could investigate the relationship between animals and their environment; growth, nutrition, reproduction etc., of an animal; or the prey and predators of an animal. FutureGrowthModerate

They may develop programs to control pests, or to manage the population of wild animals. They will spend time preparing scientific reports and papers. They may also be involved in teaching.

Zoologists, sometimes termed life scientists, study the characteristics of living organisms. They examine the makeup and chemistry of humans, animals, and plants to glean information about how organisms interact with each other. They also may study the environment of living things and perform experiments as needed.

Alternative names: Life Scientist

ANZSCO description: ID234518: Studies the anatomy, physiology, characteristics, ecology, behaviour and environments of animals.

Specialisations: Here are the main Organism oriented branches in Zoology:

Name of Branch Organisms studied Name of Scientist
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Arachnology

including

Acarology [ticks & mites]
Spiders

&

Ticks and Mites
Arachnologist


Acarologist
Carcinology Crustaceans, a type of arthropod

Carcinologist
Cetology Whales [Cetaceans]
Cetologist
Cnidology Coelenterates Cnidologist
Conchology Shells of molluscs Conchologist
Entomology

including

Lepidopterology
&
Myrmecology
Insects



Butterflies and Moths
&
Ants
Entomologist

Entomologist
Helminthology

including
Nematology
Helminthes

Nematodes (round wormns)
Helminthologist
Herpetology

including

Ophiology
&
Saurology
Reptiles & Amphibians


Snakes
&
Lizards
Herpetologist

Herpetologist
Ichthyology Fishes Ichthyologist
Malacology Molluscs Malacologist
 Mammalogy Mammals Mammalogist
Microbiology

including

Bacteriology
Microbes

Bacteria

Microbiologist

Microbiologist


Bacteriologist
Ornithology Birds Ornithologist
Parasitology Parasites Parasitologist
Parazoology Sponges Parazoologist
Primatology Primates Primatologist
Protozoology Protozoans Protozoologist
Virology Viruses Virologist

Virologist

(Source: The Live Learns)

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A Zoologist needs:

  • a keen interest in research and living animals
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • a logical approach to problem solving
  • good observation skills
  • to be able to perform precise work
  • to be able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Active listening skills
  •  Excellent knowledge of all forms of science
  • Good knowledge of mathematics
  • Reading comprehension
  • Use of logic, critical thinking, and reasoning to solve complex problems

Zoologist at work
(Source: UCAS)

Duties and Tasks

  • At times, teaching classes on zoology or other forms of science

  • Designing and conducting experiments to gather information on living organisms

  • Examining bacteria, fungi, cells, and other microscopic organisms, for information on larger plants and animals

  • Observing animals and humans in natural habitats and recording their findings

  • Providing advice to locations where animals are kept in captivity, such as zoos

  • Studying the cellular makeup of living organisms

  • Writing articles and publishing findings


Working Conditions

A zoologist's normal workday would be 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. However, in some cases weekend work may also be required, for example if conducting experiments in the field. Most zoologists work in an office or laboratory, but would also be required to work with animals in their habitat or where they are housed (for example a zoo).

Zoologists are found in a variety of workplaces. They may work in laboratories or in office settings. Often they work in zoos or animal reserves, or they may work at a college or university.  


Tools and Technologies

Zoologists may be involved with technologies associated with the particular specialisation they are involved with. For example, ichthyologists may need to be proficient at scuba diving. They need to be capable of conducting experiments, typically in a laboratory, to complete the research process

Education and Training

To become a zoologist you usually need to study a science degree with a major in biological sciences, environmental biology, zoology or a related field.

 

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