Wildlife biologists study animals in their natural environment. They capture and mark animals and use technology to track the animals. The information they learn by monitoring these animals is used to help the environment and the ecosystem. Sometimes animals are relocated to a habitat that is more suitable for survival. Wildlife biologists use scientific methods to test a hypothesis and form a conclusion.
Wildlife biologists work outdoors and in labs. They use computers in their work to make sense of data collected while studying wildlife.
Beginning annual earnings start at $25,400 and average $36,300.
Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study
Wildlife biologists need to be able to work independently and with others. They must communicate clearly both orally and in writing. Working in remote areas also requires physical stamina. They must like working with animals and have patience. Courses needed are biology, chemistry, mathematics, and English.
Biological scientists, foresters, soil conservationists, horticulturists, agricultural scientists.
Education & Training
A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement.
It is expected that there will be keen competition for these jobs, but those with a master's degree will have better opportunities.
Sources for Additional Information
American Institute of Biological Scientists
Suite 200, 1444 I street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Botanical Society of America
1735 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1293