Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.9% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


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

Aquatic Biologist, Conservation Resources Management Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fisheries Biologist, Fisheries Management Biologist, Habitat Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Senior Animal Caretaker, Reptile & Amphibian Department ,

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

My areas of primary care include reptiles and amphibians. In one day at the zoo, I’ll generally care for frogs as tiny as your thumbnail and giant tortoises that weigh upwards of 450lbs. Among many other things, I have to know and understand the natural history, native habitat, dietary and enrichment needs of the animals I care for. We have to understand the natural behaviors and patterns of our animals to better provide them with everything they need to live happy and healthy lives.

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!

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.

This page includes information from theO*NET 26.1 Databaseby the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under theCC BY 4.0license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.