A zoologist just watches animals, right?
Zoologists do observe animals. But there is so much more!
A zoologist could study how changing ocean temperatures impact different fish species.
They could study how poaching is affecting critically-endangered rhinos in the field.
They could also work in the lab to analyze samples or test the nutrients in their food.
What Is The Role Of A Zoologist?
A zoologist studies animals and how they interact with their ecosystem.
An eco-what? An ecosystem is a community of plants and animals and how they interact with the environment they live in.
You get the idea.
Are Zoologists Important?
By studying animals, Zoologists can learn about
how they live
how they interact with other species
the impact humans have on them and their habitats
Zoologists can then develop plans to help save and protect them.
Watch this brief video about Scarlet Macaw populations and think like a zoologist - there will be some quizzes after!
Scarlet Macaws nest in large trees. What factors could affect their populations?
What Happens After You Study Them?
Zoologists look for changes or patterns.
Not those types of patterns!
They use collected information to track any changes in the animal's population, their habitats or how environmental changes are affecting their quality of life.
What type of change could negatively affect the Scarlet Macaw?
Is Being A Zoologist Right For Me?
Perhaps, if you...
Want to find solutions to help animals live better and longer
Enjoy working outdoors and traveling to remote places around the world
Perhaps not, if you...
Do not enjoy physically demanding work in sometimes hot or cold climates
Cannot sit for long periods waiting for animals to appear or interact
Do not enjoy writing papers or giving presentations on what you discovered
What Would My Salary Be?
Average salary (USD) in U.S. = $74,567
Average salary (CAD) in Canada = $84,609
These averages are based on your level of education and experience.
How can I learn more?
This could be you!
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