|Quick Facts: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists|
$64,650 per year
$31.08 per hour
|5% (Slower than average)|
Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems.
Zoologists and wildlife biologists work in offices, laboratories, or outdoors. Depending on their job, they may spend considerable time in the field gathering data and studying animals in their natural habitats.
Zoologists and wildlife biologists typically need a bachelor’s degree for entry-level positions and may need a master’s degree for higher level jobs. A Ph.D. is typically needed for leading independent research and for university research positions.
The median annual wage for zoologists and wildlife biologists was $64,650 in May 2021.
Employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 1,700 openings for zoologists and wildlife biologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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