As well as working as a zoologist, your in-depth knowledge of animal sciences and lab and field work equips you for a career in the environmental, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful:
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
- environmental consultancies
- 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.