Zoology is the study of living organisms, specifically animals. Zoologists study multiple species in a certain ecosystem, population interactions, and specific species or behaviours.
Zoology degrees are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A bachelor's degree is the minimum education required for jobs in the field. Core courses are general biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Master's and Ph.D. programs in zoology consist of coursework that is similar in subject matter to a bachelor's program, however graduate-level courses are more advanced and research oriented. A master's degree qualifies an individual for higher-level positions with more pay and responsibility. A Ph.D. is needed for positions involving original research, and developing plans for conservation or management.
The career trajectory of people with a Zoology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Zoology degrees have experience in is Zoologist, followed by Zoo Educator, Conservation Scientist, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician, Veterinary Technologist, Animal Caretaker, Veterinarian, Park Naturalist, Veterinary Assistant, and Veterinary Pathologist.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician||1.9%||0.1%||12.9×|
Zoology graduates earn on average $26k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$20k|
|Median (average earners)||$26k|
|75th (top earners)||$39k|
Zoology graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||52%|