Thursday, January 17, 2013


     Hello Readers!!!Thanks a lot for reading my Blog... :)Since this blog contains facts about wildlife biology and animals,I thought it would be awesome if I let you guys know about Wildlife Biology as a career option,It's a cool field :-))) So,want to be a Wildlife Biologist???? Come I'll drive you through.....

 A wildlife biologist is someone who studies and/or manages wild animals and their habitats. Wildlife biology as an academic subject or profession is usually narrowly defined as applying to terrestrial vertebrates as the subject of study, however, a more general definition will often include the study and management of fish and other non-vertebrate wildlife. The similar term wildlife ecologist is often also used in reference to wildlife studies, and are often interchangeable in practice. Wildlife biologists may be distinguished from wildlife ecologists in their focus on the physiology, abundance, demographics, populations, and other management-oriented questions for a particular species (often but not always a "game" or sport-hunted species), whereas wildlife ecologists may use similar metrics, but may study communities of species and their interactions and relationships with biotic and abiotic factors in their environments for conservation purposes.

Work Environment
Zoologists and wildlife biologists work in a wide variety of positions both indoors and outdoors. They conduct research both in the field and in laboratories or other controlled settings, analyze data using computer models and statistics, and educate the public about their findings.
Research that involves direct observation of the animals in their natural habitat may require long spans of time outdoors in rustic conditions. Occasionally these positions require the zoologist or wildlife biologist to live in remote locations, like in the case of an ornithologist studying the nesting behaviors of King Penguins in Antarctica.
Federal and state agencies, like the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, employ a large number of zoologists and wildlife biologists. Jobs can also be found with universities, typically as professors, zoos, non-profit organizations, museums, environmental consulting firms, and hunting ranches.

On The Job
  • Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
  • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
  • Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
  • Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
  • 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.
  • Study characteristics of animals such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories and diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.
  • Perform administrative duties such as fundraising, public relations, budgeting, and supervision of zoo staff.
  • Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
  • Oversee the care and distribution of zoo animals, working with curators and zoo directors to determine the best way to contain animals, maintain their habitats and manage facilities.
  • Coordinate preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.
  • Prepare collections of preserved specimens or microscopic slides for species identification and study of development or disease.
  • Raise specimens for study and observation or for use in experiments.
  • Collect and dissect animal specimens and examine specimens under microscope.
Key Requirements
An intense interest in animals and good logic skills

Minimum Degree
Bachelor's degree

Subjects to Study in High School
Biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, calculus, English; if available, environmental science, statistics

Median Salary
Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist----$57,420
US Mean Annual wage----$45,230
Min Wage------$15,080

Projected Job Growth (2010-2020)
Average (7% to 13%)

Training, Other QualificationsA bachelor degree in an natural sciences field such as zoology, ecology, general biology, animal science, or wildlife biology is the minimum requirement for a career in zoology or wildlife biology. However the job market is extremely competitive so higher degrees, like a masters or doctoral degree, may increase chances for career advancement.In addition to formal education, informal job training through internships and volunteering is recommended. Informal training is a way of showing prospective employers your dedication as well as a valuable way of gaining real world experience. Local museums, aquariums, zoos, and nature preserves often offer volunteer opportunities.Because competition for jobs is high, a master's degree can be an advantage. Also, some employers require a master's degree for advancement beyond entry-level positions. A PhD is required for most university-based positions, such as a professor in a zoology department.

Other Qualifications
Zoologists and wildlife biologists interested in conducting research in the field need to be physically fit and capable of carrying packs full of equipment.

         And not to forget, to be a good Wildlife Biologist you'll need to be an intense Animal Lover (Or even Crazy Animal Lover)...Else you won’t enjoy your job....and you'll also be needing passion, determination and a belief in yourself.

1 comment:

  1. This was an extremely comprehensive and informative post! As someone finishing up their undergrad in biology, I found it very affirming and inspiring. I almost gave up on biology, but after taking a wildlife biology course in which we used temperature measurement devices to monitor baby chicks, I fell in love with the subject all over again, and regained my focus on my goals. Thanks for sharing this with your readers!