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What specialisations are there in Zoology?

I'm studying Zoology at the Bachelor's level. I need advice on how to put my degree to good use. #Zoology

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Hi Joan:

There are many things you can do with a degree in zoology, and specializations you can pursue with this degree. One thing I discovered about the Zoology degree, is that it is very flexible. The courses that you take in order to get entry into the major, and the courses in the major can be utilized to gain access into other academic programs or careers.

For example, I knew one student, who attained a zoology degree, and utilized it to gain entry into a physical therapy program. Today she is a licensed physical therapist. Another used the degree to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

There are other options as well, so lets review some of them:

Some of the specializations might include a large number of areas, including both science and in medicine. This can include:

* Biomedical Science
* Careers in Ecology and Biology
* Cell Biology and Genetics
* Forensic Science and Crime Investigations
* Marine Biology
* Animal Biology and Behavior
* Veterinarian Science
* Anatomy and Physiology
* Parasitology
* Moleculor Biology
* Histology (Study of Tissues)

In many programs at the university level, they have the actual Zoology degree and then they make you choose a specialization. From my experience the specializations are normally associated with Animal Biology, Environmental Biology, Fisheries or Marine Biology, Pre-Veterinary Science, and Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

I would review the various specializations at your university and determine the one that you find the most stimulating and interesting you. You will need to eventually determine which direction you want to go with your degree in regards to your career. You may not necessarily want to work in a zoo, or taking care of four legged animals. The zoology degree can be utilized to gain entry into such careers as:

* Dentistry: A Bachelors in Zoology can be used as a first step to becoming a dentist
* Medicine: Zoology can be the first stepping stone towards becoming a physician
* Biology Technician: Careers in biotech include molecular diagnostic testing, pathology testing, and many other types of medical testing
* Teaching and University Education: Maybe you have a desire to pursue a career of active instruction or research, that includes teaching at the university level. Research and teaching at this level generally requires a doctorate degree (Ph.D.). Community colleges normally require a masters degree.
* Nursing: You might research the area of becoming an R.N. Zoology can be used to gain entry into this field.

I would do a reflection and determine what kind of career you would like to pursue. Then look into gaining entry into the specialization that would enable you to do that within the zoology degree specializations. This is one area you can address with your academic advisor, and I would encourage you to make an appointment and address it with this individual. I would also go to the career center on the campus, and see what kind of jobs are available for people who obtain degrees in zoology. I also encourage you to look into furthering your education into the masters level or even going on to get a doctorate degree. The there are a variety of options for a person with your degree aspirations, and I hope my narrative has generated some ideas for you to consider.

Paul recommends the following next steps:

Review your degree and the specializations within the zoology program
Determine what you would like to do with a future career. Work with people or within the animal sciences? Maybe in medicine or research?
See your advisor and map out an academic plan that will assist you to transition into a career field of your choice
Go to the university career center and see what employment is available for individuals with your degree and the requirements for entry
Research masters and doctorate programs. Furthering your education is a way to to attain your career goals