Becoming a zoologist

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    • #1350
      Thom9000
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      Hi, you probrably have been asked this question many times, but here it goes.

      Iam very interested on the field of biology and studying animals. My whole life i was involved with them, and because of this i decided to pursue it as my career. I have a few questions regarding this profession:
      1) Iam going to be a senior next year and so far i have taken physics and basic biology, if you had to pick 2 of the followin courses which would you? AP bio, Chemistry, Marine Bio
      2) Is there an actual “zoology major” or do i have to get a degree in biology then specialize in in zoology?
      3) What colleges in the Northern California region offer the best programs?
      4) What is the average income of this profession?
      5) If i became a zoologist would i primarly be in a lab? in the field? in a zoo maybe? or other?
      6) Is the demand for this profession high?

      sry for my english 😛 im not american. And also sry for the lenght of the post, i jus want to gather as much info as possible from the actual zoologists and biologists.
      if you feel you want to add something about this profession please do.

      Thanks

    • #25894
      James
      Participant

      Where are you from?

    • #25932
      Thom9000
      Participant

      spain. buit i lived in south america and now iam here.

    • #25940
      Vision
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      Well i too wanted do go through that route but I can tell u now, working in a zoo isnt good paid as it should be. Not sure in $$$ but in £s its about 14,000 so im gussing about $30,000 $US dollors. And thats with all the major qulificaitions.

      But correct me if im wrong.

    • #25949
      MrMistery
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      Inuyasha can tell us. As we recently found out he now works in a zoo

    • #25957
      James
      Participant

      Zoology is not a path to follow for money; but for the love of the subject.

    • #25960
      Thom9000
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      yes i know james, i jus wanted to have an idea

      thanks for the replies guys. can you please answer the questions i posted above? iam curious about this profession

      once again thanks.

    • #25961
      James
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      Jobs could include research based lab or field work, working in a zoo, working in consevation, education etc. But many non zoology jobs would still be open to you. Apparantly the average salary in the US is $57,486.

    • #25990
      MrMistery
      Participant

      57000 dolars?! And you say you shouldn’t do it for the money… That is twice what a supreme court judge makes in my country

    • #26246
      Phoenixfire27
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      hi, my name is Gabrielle and im 15. i love animals very much and there anatomy is spectacular to me. im looking for a New York university that offers Zoology as a major btu im not having alot of luck finding one that suits me so if anyone knows o a good school can you please e-mail it to me at Briadaicediva27@yahoo.com. thanx alot 😀

    • #26248
      MrMistery
      Participant

      NYU has a zoology major i think…

    • #26254
      mith
      Participant

      I’d rather be a supreme court judge than a zoologist. I’ll get to punish ppl 😈


      @Thom

      What kind of zoologist do you want to be? I mean it seems like you have some affinity for marine biology.

    • #26260
      James
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      Bah, too much paperwork as a judge 🙂

    • #26351
      Thom9000
      Participant

      Well i like all kinds of wild life not just marine. ive had pet sharks and i scuba dive too 😛 so i guess i kinda have an extra love for marine animals :P. However i want to study all life forms not just marine.
      Iam lookin for a zoology major in california as well. I hear d UC Davis has a good biology and ecology program but im not sure if they have a zoology major. If you have any info in colleges that offer zoology in california please post here.

      Thanks

    • #27978
      Ange
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      I’ve got a test also… IGCSE Cambridge in one more year…. June 2006. I’m thinking (for a lomg time ago) in going to university with good biology, mostly animals…. zoology YEAH!!! Know a uni with good bio that accepts IGCSE certificate??? Does Cambridge have good biology????

    • #28352
      Vada
      Participant

      So you wanna take zoology, Ange?

      Btw I wonder what will we take as job if we take zoology. Teachers? Lecturers?

    • #28357
      Dr.Stein
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      Aww, don’t worry about job, you even don’t start your study yet, my dear. Biology is a basic science, so it provides a basic understanding for another fields e.g. medical, agriculture, husbandry, etc. Even it can be applied in another fields you never thought, e.g. bank, law firm, police, etc. Since there is a life, Biology will take place, so don’t worry 🙂

      One more thing, please don’t put yourself into a specific field of Biology too early, before you learn all things of Biology. Also don’t close your mind for any fields of Biology just because you think it is difficult to understand or because you don’t like it.

      Once you said “I don’t like it” or “I can’t make it” or something else, your brain will be set to behave that way. Just like when you think you are ill, soon you will get ill for sure. That’s what we called as “nerve languange” in PNI (psycho-neuro immunology). That’s why we must think positively for anything because it will help ourselves to be successful in facing all things and achieving our ideas.

    • #28361
      Vada
      Participant

      Whoa.. thanks Dr.Stein..
      Yea it’s kinda too early to decide, but when we are already interested in it.. We’ll do our best to get it.
      Being a zoologist.. I still don’t understand ‘what do we do’.. yea there are so many fields for zoologists. (what.. banks..?)

      (I never had any experience in Biology.. I only know the basic, and it’s not good enough lol..)

    • #28365
      Dr.Stein
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      My undergraduate diploma is Zoology 🙂 At the time when I entered the university in 1994, we had to choose our department: Zoology, Botany, or Environmental Biology. I chose Zoology. Then, it seemed there were problems with the graduations on seeking jobs due to the specific field. For instance, I proposed to be a researcher in pharmaceutical but they refused me just because my diploma is Zoology, they prefered people who has a basic in plant science. You know what, my friend who has diploma in Biology (without specific field) was accepted in that vacancy. Aww… 🙁

      Now in my faculty there is no department anymore. All will graduate under one program: Biology. This brings a good news for everyone who loves Biology, especially the ones who study in my faculty cos their prospect is wider… One of them is our friend here, Victor 😉

    • #28375
      MrMistery
      Participant

      Out of curiosity, how can biology be applied in banks? Are you reffering to fingerprint and retin scanner to open really important seifs? 😀

    • #28407
      Dr.Stein
      Participant

      Yeah, it sound unique but it is true. Some friends of mine work in bank, first I wanted to laugh because it sounded impossible, but then I understand their job description is still in biology 🙂 Some banks provide loan to help people who want to do business but do not have enough finance. They ask biologists for being consultants for business which is biology-based and/or environment-based.

    • #28429
      MrMistery
      Participant

      Cool… How it would sound so say: “Hi, I am a bioogist and i work at the 2nd National bank” 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    • #28440
      Dr.Stein
      Participant

      Or something like this: “I work in Wall Street as a biologist” 🙄 😆

    • #28569
      Sunshinecat
      Participant

      The pay, I thought, was much higher! I went to a website that said it was $60,000 to $80,000 a year.

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