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.
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.
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!
- What is a Zoologist? (EnvironmentalScience.org)
- Zoologist (Bioscience Careers)
- Zoologist Job Description and Career Profile (The Balance)
- Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
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- Zoning Manager
- Zoo Keeper
- Zoot Suit Tailor
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