How to become a Zoologist

Zoologists are biologists who study the structures, characteristics, functions, ecology and environments of animals to increase scientific knowledge and develop practical applications in wildlife management, conservation, agriculture and medicine. Zoologists usually specialise in one aspect of study such as entomology (insects), parasitology (internal and external parasites), ecology (environment of animals), ethology (animal behaviour), ichthyology (fish), mammalogy (mammals), ornithology (birds), herpetology (reptiles) or physiology (functions of animals).

Personal requirements of a Zoologist

  • A keen interest in research and the study of living organisms
  • Good observation skills
  • Able to work accurately
  • A logical approach to problem-solving
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Zoologist

To become a zoologist you usually have to complete a degree in science or applied science at university with a major in zoology or biological sciences. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, biology, earth and environmental science, chemistry, mathematics and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,291

Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 0.7%

NSW 35.5%

NT 2.9%

QLD 22.2%

SA 9.8%

TAS 3.1%

VIC 17.4%

WA 8.3%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 46.9%

Female 53%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 52.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 47.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.3%

Above 35 years: 64.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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