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I'm a senior & I have decided for awhile that I would like to be a zoologist especially because wildlife animals have always seem to interest me. My mother believes I will make it nowhere & that it will be dead end. Please give me some guidance in some things that I could do to insure that this wouldn't happen.
Question Date: 2014-01-22
Answer 1:

No one can guarantee you the career you want, but there are many great opportunities in zoology (the study of animals).

I went to graduate school in zoology to become a college professor. Other people I went to college or grad school with went on to different careers. One is working for the National Park Service, helping to monitor and conserve species and habitats. Another went to veterinary school. Another manages a prairie reserve with bison. One works for an agricultural company.

Some people use a zoology degree to teach high school biology. This is a nice site about what you can do with a biology degree:

biology degree.

Zoology is the part of biology that deals with animals, but understanding animals also means understanding other living things, like plants and bacteria.

There are some things you can do in college or before to greatly increase your chances of success. One is obviously to work hard at academics. Think of each of your professors as someone who could write you a good letter of recommendation or tell you about a great opportunity. Make a good impression. Try to get internships to explore careers. Do informational interviews with people who have jobs you might want. Ask them what they like and dislike about their jobs. Ask about their training and background for their jobs. Ask for advice on getting a similar job. If possible, get an entry level job or volunteer at a place where you would like to work. Willingly do the difficult, dirty, or boring work that will lead to better work.

You might want to learn another language, as this will expand the number of places you can work. No matter what career you choose, employers want people who have a good attitude and who take the initiative in identifying what needs to be done and doing it well.

Best of luck!

Answer 2:

Zoology and wildlife biology are difficult fields to break in to. I just called my sister, a biology major, who is looking for jobs in wildlife biology to ask her what she wished she had done to gain an edge on the competition. Here are her suggestions:

- Take a well rounded curriculum that includes microbiology and not just zoology. A lot of things related to working with animals require those skills and knowledge.

- Work in biology labs during college (even if it isn't doing zoology related things). Having extra research experience in the competitive job market helps.

- Focus on zoology related internships during the summers to get research/work experience.

- You may need to get a Master's degree or Ph.D. depending on what you want to do.

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