Zoologist KaipŇętaiao Kararehe

Zoologists study animals and their behaviour in the wild or in captivity, and how they interact with other species and their environments.

Zoologists may do some or all of the following:

  • study animals and their behaviour
  • study the relationship between animals and their environment
  • do research into areas such as pest control or conservation
  • do laboratory work and fieldwork
  • manage the care of animals in research centres, zoos and aquariums
  • teach university students
  • write reports and scientific articles
  • give talks to community groups and local authorities
  • advise local authorities and iwi on how to manage animal species sustainably.

Physical Requirements

Zoologists need to be reasonably fit and healthy to do fieldwork.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for zoologists includes:

  • conservation work
  • research
  • work with animals
  • laboratory work.

Personal Qualities

Zoologists need to be:

  • enquiring and observant
  • practical and accurate
  • patient and logical
  • good at problem solving
  • well organised, with good planning skills
  • skilled at writing and presenting information
  • good at research
  • able to cope with experimenting on live animals.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for zoologists includes:

  • conservation work
  • research
  • work with animals
  • laboratory work.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Chemistry, biology and maths are required.

Zoologists can earn around $38K-$61K per year per year.

Zoologists may progress to become lecturers, research officers or professors, or move into management roles.

Zoologists may specialise in:

  • different areas of the animal kingdom, such as birds, mammals or aquatic animals
  • conservation and environmental research
  • biosecurity
  • pest control
  • policy.
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