A zookeeper feeds and monitors animals living in zoological parks. A keeper must oversee the diet, behavior, and overall health of the animals, and may also be involved in the design and maintenance of cages, aviaries, pens, and other zoo animal habitats. This job can involve physical contact with animals and other manual labor, so good physical fitness is an asset. Work can also involve dealing with zoo visitors, offering educational programs, and training some animals to perform. Competition for jobs at well-known zoos is stiff, and entry-level salaries tend to be low. Zookeepers need some type of science degree: a Bachelor’s or higher in zoology or a related subject, a veterinary medicine or veterinary technician degree, or an Associate’s degree in zoo science.

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