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Career Options for Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology
Some career options that graduates of Bachelor of Science programs in zoology have include careers in healthcare, animal behavior, biotechnology, wildlife rehabilitation, science writing, and forensic biology. Because zoology is such a broad field, the types of jobs zoology majors can obtain are numerous.
Zoologists are often known by the branch of zoology they specialize in. For example, those who study the origins, life processes and behaviors of birds are known as ornithologists. Those who study the origins, life processes and behaviors of reptiles and amphibians are known as herpetologists. Other careers where a zoologist major could find employment include zookeeper, animal caretaker, veterinary technologist and technician, environmental consultant, technical writer, biology teacher and research and laboratory technician.
According to PayScale.com, general zoologists earned a median salary of over $52,000, as of January 2016. Salary, however, can vary depending upon a number of factors, including job title. Examples of earnings for jobs that a zoology graduate may pursue include the following:
- Veterinary technologists and technicians: $32,047
- Medical laboratory technicians: $39,051
A career in zoology typically begins by taking college coursework in subjects such as animal psychology and behavior, genetics, ecology, biology, chemistry, calculus, statistics and physics. Zoology majors often supplement their course work with additional classes on wildlife behavior, conservation biology, comparative histology, or plant-animal interactions. Zoologists may also specialize in areas such as pre-veterinary science, fisheries biology, or environmental science.