A zoologist is not necessarily someone who works at a zoo. Zoology is the study of animals, so a zoologist is simply a scientist whose work focuses on the animal kingdom. Zoologists work in marine biology, herpetology (reptiles), ichthyology (fish), ornithology (birds), mammalogy, entomology (insects), comparative anatomy, evolutionary biology, paleontology, wildlife conservation, veterinary science, and all other animal-based areas of biology. Some colleges offer zoology as a major, but the coursework is essentially the same as in a biology program. To work as a research zoologist, you should expect to go to graduate school for a Master’s or Ph.D. in zoology or a related subject. [See also these related careers: Evolutionary Biologist, Zookeeper, Park Ranger, Fish and Wildlife Manager, Ethologist, Marine Biologist]

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