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What are some career opportunities in the field of wildlife biology?

In addition to environmental science, I am also interested in studying wildlife biology. What are some career opportunities in this field of study? #wildlife #wildlifebiology #environment #conservation


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Simon’s Answer

Hi Allison,

I echo Amy in that the potential career paths are many and varied. Federal and state government agencies may be one route that interests, but there are many varied NGOs and non-profit organizations, plus private consultancy and assessment companies that include wildlife biological roles and duties.

The good news is that as you continue your studies, you will have opportunities to merge and combine your interests in the more general environmental realm with wildlife-related disciplines and experience should you choose to. The interconnectedness of related fields of study and work allow for you to gradually hone your experience and interests, and develop the path that you find most rewarding and engaging. Having a feel for the type of work that might suit you, plus the type of organism that you might like to focus on will help: e.g., are you more interested in vertebrate animals; would you like to focus more on botany and plant communities; are you particularly interested in how we humans interact with biota as resources; etc.? Finding future internship and/or research opportunities that allow you to more fully and directly answer those types of questions will lead you to exploring specific career paths in a sector that is a good fit.

Hope that helps!

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Dominic’s Answer

I have a couple of friends who attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who majored in Forestry. They are currently working for our National Parks Services, creating and maintaining the experiences we all enjoy at our Parks.

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David’s Answer

It is really depend where you planning or going to live and the career opportunities that is available for you to choose from. There are many career related opportunities from the field of wildlife biology on top of environmental science. I have listed some of the career you may consider looking into to see if it does interest you in pursuing. Overall, the decision making is in your hand and you can choose the one you want or interest in because you will be spending a lot of time in that area. You can also ask shadow, volunteer and more to see what area interest you and then you can start pursing towards that direction.

Careers Related to Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists are:
- Agricultural and Food Scientists.
- Animal Care and Service Workers.
- Biochemists and Biophysicists.
- Biological Technicians.
- Conservation Scientists and Foresters.
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists.
- Microbiologists.
- Postsecondary Teachers.

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Amy’s Answer

Hello Allison,

I hope you are doing well!

Depending on where you live, the field of wildlife biology is vast! You have opportunities ranging from zoologist to environmentalist to wildlife biologists and so much more. It looks like you are interested in biology, environmental science, and wildlife. Once you start taking classes in college, you will notice that all your biology classes are somehow interconnected. Even if you plan on studying wildlife biology in school, you can also look into vet school, especially if you like working with animals! Vet school is just-food-for thought no need to decide everything at once.

You can take a look at the website that I found below. (https://collegegrad.com/careers/zoologists-and-wildlife-biologists)

Best Regards!

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Check out this website https://collegegrad.com/careers/zoologists-and-wildlife-biologists

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Kimmie’s Answer

Hi Allison, The Walt Disney Company has numerous roles. Check out https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-conservation/ to learn about our efforts in conservation. You can also keep an eye on https://jobs.disneycareers.com for upcoming openings in this field. There is even a place where you can sign up to receive alerts when a job posts.

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