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Zoologist

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Zoologists are scientists who study animals, their evolution, anatomy, behaviour and environment. They can work in fields such as ecology and conservation, forestry, medicine, fisheries, agriculture and education.

The Work

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Pay

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Salaries for zoologists vary depending on the type of work done. Starting salaries can vary from £20,000 to £25,000 a year. Experienced zoologists and those working in research or academic posts can earn up to £45,000 a year or more.

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Getting In

You could work in industry (in companies that develop and manufacture pesticides or pharmaceuticals for example) or with organisations and agencies (such as government departments or agencies and research centres) concerned with forestry, agriculture, conservation, ecology or health. Other employers include museums, zoos and wildlife parks, and universities.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
9901
1.8 %
RISE
2024
10079
  United Kingdom
2019
85285
1.8 %
RISE
2024
86780

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park each run two, one-week zoological science summer school courses each year, usually in July or August. These are aimed at young people aged between 16 and 18 years old (S5 and S6).

You can find out more, and download a Summer School application form by visiting the Edinburgh Zoo website. You do not work directly with animals. The course focuses on animal research and science and you must be genuinely interested in zoology and animal biology. Places are limited and entry is not guaranteed.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
Tel: 01962 868626
E-mail: enquiries@cieem.net
Website: http://www.cieem.net
Twitter: @CIEEMnet
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cieem91/

Institute of Zoology (Zoological Society of London)
Tel: 0344 225 1826
E-mail: generalenquiries@zsl.ac.uk
Website: http://www.zsl.org/science
Twitter: @ZSLScience
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialzsl

Royal Society of Biology
Tel: 020 3925 3440
E-mail: education@rsb.org.uk
Website: http://www.rsb.org.uk
Twitter: @RoyalSocBio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocBio

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
Tel: 0131 334 9171
E-mail: info@rzss.org.uk
Website: http://www.rzss.org.uk/
Twitter: @rzss
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RZSSofficial/

RZSS owns Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

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