Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife biologists study the life processes of wild animals. They observe and collect data on the natural habitats of various types of animals and they also monitor the animals’ health. They study the relationships that are present between the animals that co-exist in the same living environments. They are also concerned with protecting and preserving animal species that are in danger of extinction. According to the website eduationportal.com many wildlife biologists work for colleges and universities which hire them to teach courses on related subjects as well as to conduct research and publish the results of their findings. However some also work for governmental agencies zoos and private institutions. In order to complete the research-related aspects of their jobs wildlife biologists must work in the field where they gather pertinent information and data and they also work in laboratories where they conduct experiments and analyze information. Wildlife biologists often subject themselves to dangerous conditions when working in the field so a desire to work in sometimes harsh conditions is necessary for this profession. Some wildlife biologists spend a great deal of their time working in labs where they study diseases prevalent in various types of wildlife and they work to develop ways to control and combat devastating outbreaks. Most wildlife biologists have PhDs or master’s degrees but there are some positions available for those with bachelor’s degrees. The website guidewhois.com lists the salary range for wildlife biologists between $35000 and $100000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $67500
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Observes animal habitats.
Collects data on animal behavior patterns.
Works to protect species on the verge of extinction.
Studies diseases in animal populations.
Also Called: Biological Scientist
Animal Biologist
Zoologist
Wildlife Conservationist
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Wildlife_Biologist_Job_Description_and_Info_for_Students_Considering_a_Career_in_Wildlife_Biology.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/wildlife-biologist-job-description.html
http://guidewhois.com/2011/04/wildlife-biologist-job-description-career-salary-employment-duties-education-and-training-requirements/