Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+0.7% (little or no change)


What Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Do

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

Other Job Titles Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists May Have

Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fisheries Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Graduate Student ,

University of Georgia

I don't quite have a typical work day. Some days I spend all day out in the field doing radio telemetry and locating and observing birds. Other days I spend all day writing proposals for grants and doing GIS analysis. It's always different, and I love it that way!

Doctoral Candidate ,

Florida Atlantic University

As a grad student, half the year I'm in the field (driving airboats and playing with wading birds) every day collecting data for my research. The other 6 months, I'm in the office writing reports and compiling data.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
  • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
  • Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.
  • Check for, and ensure compliance with, environmental laws, and notify law enforcement when violations are identified.
  • Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.

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