Jobs are available with a wide range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Typical employers include:
zoos or wildlife parks and environmental protection agencies
government agencies and research institutions
medical research establishments and the National Health Service
environmental and animal charities
schools, colleges, science centres, libraries and museums
universities and research institutes
chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum companies
aquaculture and animal nutrition companies.
Skills for your CV
Studying zoology provides you with specialist knowledge in areas like ethology (the science of animal behaviour), animal biology, conservation and ecology.
You will develop practical experience of modern laboratory and field research techniques, giving you a range of technical skills. You also gain a strong set of transferable skills, including:
analytical skills – to understand, interpret and manipulate complex scientific data and statistics
data-handling skills – to record, collate and analyse data using appropriate techniques and equipment
written communication skills – to produce reports and write up research projects
presentation and oral communication skills – to present research findings and make presentations in a clear, succinct way
project management skills – organising and undertaking research projects, experiments, etc. (including budgeting, contingency planning and time management)
a good understanding of information technology
the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Many zoology graduates choose to undertake postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level in order to specialise in a particular area of interest within their discipline, for example conservation biology, ecology and environmental sustainability, and ecology and management of the natural environment.
Some choose to pursue further study in a different area entirely. Many postgraduate courses are open to graduates with a degree in any subject.