Zippy Zappy Zubby Jobs

Z is for… Zoologist!

What’s zoology? It’s the study of animals and their behavior, as well as how they interact with their environment or ecosystem.

“Hosts Kelly Stoetzel and Rives speak onstage at TEDYouth, Session 2, November 15, 2014, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED” (photo credit: TED Conference)

So what do zoologists do? If you guessed “work in zoos” you’re half right. Zoologists also work in various government positions, including county, state or federal agencies (for instance, the Department of Energy or the Smithsonian), or in private businesses.

“Doris Mable Cochran (1898-1968), measuring a turtle shell” (photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Zoologists may work for wildlife conservation groups, rehabilitating animals and releasing them back into the wild. They may also work in the field, observing animals in their natural habitat, like Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey.

Some other famous zoologists include the late great Steve Irwin and Charles Darwin.

Although most zoologists don’t poke animals with sticks, there are certainly many different ways to observe animals in their natural habitats. If you like learning about animal behaviors, watching animals in the wild, or want to protect animals from human encroachment on their land, zoology could be the career for you!

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More Zippy Jobs That Start With Z

  • Zamboni Driver
  • Zen Monk
  • Zipper Maker
  • Zoning Manager
  • Zoo Keeper
  • Zoot Suit Tailor

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Yippee Ki-YAY Jobs

Y is for… Yard Teacher!

If you’ve ever read Sideways Stories from Wayside School, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Louis the Yard Teacher.

But, have you ever wondered what, exactly, a Yard Teacher does?

As Louis Sachar, who wrote Sideways Stories explains in a profile on the Scholastic Books website:

“After he was at the school for a while, he was asked to be the Noon Time Supervisor. It was his job to watch over the kids during lunch. Sachar played games with the kids who all called him ‘Louis, the Yard Teacher.'”

So, basically, a Yard Teacher is a supervisor or teacher’s aide, who makes sure the kids playing at lunch time or recess aren’t getting into trouble or hurting themselves or each other.

If being a Yard Teacher is anything like Sachar describes in Sideways Stories, this sounds like a pretty cool career indeed.

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More Yay-Inducing Jobs That Start With Y

  • Yacht Builder
  • Yarn Maker
  • Yeast Culture Developer
  • Young Adult (YA) Librarian

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eXceptional, eXcellent, eXciting Jobs

X is for… Xylophonist!

There aren’t a whole lot of jobs in the world that start with X (particularly without referencing name brands, such as “Xerox Operator/Salesperson”), but one of the most interesting is Xylophonist.

Xylophonists are percussionists that specialize in playing the xylophone. The xylophone, as you may already know, is an instrument made of wooden bars hit with mallets to produce sound. Xylophones are also related to the marimba, balafon, semantron, and metallophones like the glockenspiel and vibraphone. Different types of xylophones can also be found in gamelan ensembles, found in Indonesia.

Here’s a video of “The World’s Greatest Xylophonist,” Teddy Brown:

Of course, there are many other xylophonists in the world today! One of them is Evelyn Glennie, who bills herself as “the world’s premier solo percussionist.” According to Glennie’s TED biography:

“The Grammy-winning percussionist and composer became almost completely deaf by the age of 12, but her hearing loss brought her a deeper understanding of and connection to the music she loves. She’s the subject of the documentary Touch the Sound, which explores this unconventional and intriguing approach to percussion.”

You should definitely check out Glennie’s TED Talk, “How to Truly Listen.”

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More eXciting Jobs That Start With X

  • Xenobiologist
  • Xeriscapist
  • XML Specialist
  • X-Ray Specs Dealer (aka Joke Shop Owner/Gag Gift Salesperson)
  • X-Ray Technologist
  • Xylologist

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