What Is a Zoology Degree?

Zoology is the complete study of all animal life, from organisms to mammals, and includes learning about their behaviour, evolution, genetics, physiology and environment. Zoologists believe that studying animals increases our understanding about ourselves.

It has often been said that we could learn a lot from the animal kingdom. Animals and animal organisms have a keen survival instinct and an extremely high degree of adaptability. It seems as if they know what they need naturally, without having to be told so. They understand life and accept death in a degree different than we do.

Zoology studies these amazing creatures from the molecular level all the way through to the environments in which they live. These studies are intended to help us better understand the animals themselves, the role the play within their own environment, the role they play within our environment and how we affect each other’s daily lives.

Understanding how animals affect humans and humans affect animals is crucial to the survival of them, us and our environment. For example, as our rainforests are cut down and seas trolled, crucial ecosystems, and the organisms and animals that live within them, are destroyed. This, in turn, has disastrous global consequences.

Zoologists seek to find these truths and related consequences and come up with solutions to protect both the animals and their habitats. Students who love animals and believe they play a critical role in our planet’s life should consider studying for a zoologist degree.

Zoology Job Opportunities

Depending on which portion of zoology the graduating student wishes to specialise in, zoology degrees adequately prepare students to focus on working with animals in either the sea or on the land, unless the student chooses to become an ecologist, who works in both environments as well as the air.

Ecologists research and determine the relationship between various organisms and the environments in which they live. Some ecologists work in freshwater or marine environments, while others might specialise in terrestrial, fauna or flora. Students graduating into this field can earn anywhere from £13,000 to £20,000. After a few years in the field, students can expect to earn £22,000 to £28,000. Salaries reach £30,000 to £40,000 after about 10 to 15 years of experience.

Zoology graduates wanting to work strictly within the marine environment should consider a career as a marine scientist. Marine scientists focus on the oceans, the life forms living within them and the coasts they meet up with. Marine scientists have the potential of earning over £50,000 a year, but this is only once they’ve reached senior level within the field. Graduating students usually earn salaries ranging from £19,500 to £24,000, with those holding PhDs capable of earning £26,000 to £34,000.

Nature conservation officers protect wildlife and the habitats in which they live. Nature conservation officers educate governments and people on the importance of these natural environments and their resident animals. These officers usually start their careers earning £16,000 to £18,000. After working in the field for approximately 10 to 15 years, salary ranges increase to £20,000 to £30,000 or more. Higher salary opportunities exist for officers working within the private consultancy sector.

Zoology Curriculum

Zoology curriculum is research driven and focuses heavily on animal biology, physiology, ecosystems, social interaction and global environment and applying all aspects of zoology to our modern day lives. Working individually and as teams in classroom and laboratory environments, students will learn to apply analytical and communication skills to assess and report critical scientific data, presenting both problems and solutions to the issues animals and their habitats face daily.

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