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Zoologist

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Zoological Scientist
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Studies the behaviour, physiology, evolution, and classification of animals.


The Work header image

Zoology is the scientific study of animals, including their physiology, genetics, behaviour, diseases and ecology. Zoology is a diverse field and includes fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, protozoa, viruses and bacteria.  
 
Research, often in specialist subjects, is an important area of work for zoological scientists. In applied zoology, scientists try to solve specific problems. They design new experiments, and may use technical equipment like electron microscopes.  
 
Some animals are parasitic, and can harm people, crops and livestock. Zoological scientists may control or eradicate parasites and pests. They may research and develop anti-parasitic drugs for  
pharmaceutical companies. Research may help develop pesticides for use in agriculture.  
 
Zoological scientists may become managers of wildlife parks or nature reserves. This involves fieldwork, for example, they monitor pollution and its movement through food chains, study its effects and find ways to control it. Opportunities to work in the conservation of endangered animals are very limited however.  
 
Zoological scientists try to understand animal behaviour. They may develop simple systems to communicate with animals, or observe their day-to-day habits.  
 
Zoological Scientists may specialize in aquatic habitats, and become involved in marine conservation or in fish production, through fisheries or aquaculture. This involves knowledge of environmental needs and life cycles.  
 
Some zoological scientists also give advice and information to the public. Others work in museums, teaching and lecturing, information science and journalism. Concerns about the environment have led to an increase in environmental consultancies, in which zoological scientists may also work. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.

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Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.

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Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.

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Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.

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Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.

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Study characteristics of animals such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories and diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.

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Inform and respond to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.

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Oversee the care and distribution of zoo animals, working with curators and zoo directors to determine the best way to contain animals, maintain their habitats and manage facilities.

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Coordinate preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.

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Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Developing Objectives and Strategies:  Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need to be logical, and have good analytical and mathematical skills. Insight and creativity are needed to solve problems.  
 
Zoologists use technical equipment in laboratory work, including computers. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential for setting up, monitoring and recording the results of experiments.  
 
Zoologists work can involve education and giving presentations. You will need good communication skills, especially when providing information or advice to non-specialists, or for writing reports, research papers and proposals.  
 
You must be flexible and able to work well with others.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Dublin Zoo
  Address: Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 677 1425
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
  Address: Crofton House, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  Tel: (01) 214 4100
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
  Address: Regents Park, London NW1 4RY, UK
  Tel: + 44 20 7449 6599
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Veterinary Council of Ireland
  Address: 53 Landsdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 668 4402
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: National Parks and Wildlife Service
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  Tel: (01) 8882000 / LoCall 1890 202 021
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain And Ireland
  Address: Zoological Gardens, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY
  Tel: +44 (0)20 7586 0230
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