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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
District Of Columbia

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Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

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Currently Employed: 137

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $30.04 - $60.96

Typical Annual Salary: $62,500 - $126,800

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
  • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
  • Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
  • Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
  • Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.
  • Study characteristics of animals such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories and diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.
  • Coordinate preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.
  • Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
  • Inform and respond to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.
  • Prepare collections of preserved specimens or microscopic slides for species identification and study of development or disease.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Commercial fishing nets
  • Entomological catching equipment
  • Specimen collection container
  • Sporting traps
  • Water samplers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Map creation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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