Careers with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology
A bachelor's degree in zoology can offer a variety of career options, with a range of salaries and an array of educational coursework to prepare for the field.
Some career options that graduates of Bachelor of Science programs in zoology can consider include healthcare, animal behavior, biotechnology, wildlife rehabilitation, science writing, and forensic biology. Graduates often specialize in a particular area of zoology during their studies and can therefore find careers geared toward their particular area of focus. Because zoology is such a broad field, the types of jobs zoology majors can obtain are numerous and can include zookeeper, animal caretaker, veterinary technologist or technician, environmental consultant, technical writer, biology teacher, and research and laboratory technician.
Zoologists are often known by the branch of zoology in which they specialize. 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.
According to PayScale.com, general zoologists earned a median salary of over $49,000, as of March 2017. Salary, however, can vary depending upon a number of factors, including job title. For example:
- Veterinary technologists and technicians earned a median salary of $31,895
- Medical laboratory technicians earned a median salary of $38,933 as of March 2017
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 coursework with additional classes in 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.
Individuals who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in zoology have a wide variety of career options, including biology teacher, research technician, herpetologist, and more. Salaries vary based on position, but most of these graduates will have extensive knowledge in biology, ecology, animal behavior, and related areas.