Zoologist


What they do

Zoologists perform many varied tasks depending on their specialisation and the area they are working in. As part of research they could investigate the relationship between animals and their environment; growth, nutrition, reproduction etc., of an animal; or the prey and predators of an animal. They may develop programs to control pests, or to manage the population of wild animals. They will spend time preparing scientific reports and papers. They may also be involved in teaching.

Specialisations include: Mammalogist, Ornithologist

Working conditions

A zoologist's normal workday would be 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. However, in some cases weekend work may also be required, for example if conducting experiments in the field. Most zoologists work in an office or laboratory, but would also be required to work with animals in their habitat or where they are housed (for example a zoo).

Tools and technologies

Zoologists may be involved with technologies associated with the particular specialisation they are involved with. For example, ichthyologists may need to be proficient at scuba diving. They need to be capable of conducting experiments, typically in a laboratory, to complete the research process.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a zoologist you usually need to study a degree with a major in zoology, biological sciences or a related area. Completion of a postgraduate qualification may also improve your employment prospects.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.