Wildlife Biologist: Everything You Need to Know and More

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Biology Career Project| Wildlife Biologist.|

Table of Contents

* Who is a Wildlife Biologist? Description of the type of work done, Description, Advantages/disadvantages, working conditions.

* Education and Employment Education and training, Job outlook, Education and training required Potential places of employment, Advancement opportunities.

* How much does a Wildlife biologist make? Salary range, Salary/wages

* A day as a Wildlife Biologist Typical work day—types of tasks the career involves, working conditions

* Why I chose Wildlife Biology. An explanation of why you chose this career, related occupations.

* How to become a Wildlife Biologist. An explanation of what you can do now to work toward this career, a list of 10 questions you would ask if you had an opportunity to interview someone in this career

* More Information. An explanation of what chapters in your textbook would be relevant to someone with this career, Addresses to write to for further information

Who is a Wildlife Biologist?
A wildlife biologist, as the name implies, studies wildlife. This includes wild animals, their habits and habitats. Wildlife biologists also study plants but mostly focus on achieving objectives related to wild animals and their ecosystems. These objectives include, estimating wildlife populations, developing and carrying out measures to protect endangered and threatened species, developing plans for habitat improvement, evaluating the impact of human communities and developing ways to manage these interactions, educating the public about endangered species and enforcing laws regarding wildlife (“Wildlife Biologist”). The drawbacks of being a wildlife biologist depend on the individual. There are compulsory conditions such as, working with wild animals that may live in harsh conditions, travelling to remote wildlife areas, working extended hours and working around the biological clock of wildlife and not on your own schedule, which a wildlife biologist must undergo. Any of these conditions could prove an advantage to one person but could also be a disadvantage to another person depending on their point of view. Education and Employment

A Bachelor’s Degree in a natural sciences field such as wildlife ecology and management is the minimum education requirement for a wildlife biologist. Essential high school courses to take include Biology, Chemistry and Physical education for the physical aspects of the job such as working hands on with animals, determining the effects of human induced chemicals in their ecology and carrying heavy equipment, and Calculus and Statistics for the research part of the job when accumulating data. There are a lot of people going into the field of wildlife biology making it a very competitive market so a higher degree such as a Masters Degree or PhD is recommended (“Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist”). Further education, such as a Masters Degree, can be used to advance one’s wildlife biology career to employment in the government, as a professor, research project director or research facility administrator. Together with degrees, job training through internships and volunteer work is also recommended. Volunteering especially is a way of showing that one is dedicated and truly interested in a career in wildlife biology. It increases one’s chances of gaining employment. The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions and work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions (“Wildlife Biologist, (discontinued)”). A wildlife biologist works both indoors and outdoors. They can get employed by the government, work in zoos and aquariums or work as a University Professor in a school. How much does a Wildlife Biologist make?

Wildlife Biologists do not make a lot of money. The median salary for a Wildlife Biologist in...
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