Herpetologists who are sometimes considered to be taxonomists are actually zoologists or wildlife experts with an overall love for animals but a special interest in and a passion for studying the history characteristics and behavior of reptiles and amphibians. They are specifically interested in studying salamanders toads frogs lizards tortoises and snakes. Some herpetologists work in the more basic scientific areas that include studying and classifying all the varieties of reptiles and amphibians. Others work in more applied areas solving real-world problems related to these species. Those who work in more applied fields may serve as park curators who are in charge of determining the best environment that will ensure the survival and quality of life of the reptiles andor amphibians that reside there. They often publish articles and books and give talks to the public based on their knowledge of herpetology. According to the website www.ehow.com entry level herpetologists need a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology or zoology. Those working as museum or zoo curators where they make acquisition decisions and keep records often need master’s degrees. Some herpetologists in particular those working in academic settings earn doctoral degrees with a specialty in the study of reptiles and amphibians. Herpetologists not only work for universities zoos wildlife agencies and museums but some work in private industries. Career opportunities for herpetologists should be increasing over the coming decade. Earnings for herpetologists depend on employer and experience but according to the website www.ehow.com the average annual salary is approximately $45000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $45000
High Salary: $55000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Studies reptiles and amphibians.
Names and classifies reptiles and amphibians.
Conducts research and writes scientific reports.
Identifies specific animal characteristics.
Also Called: Taxonomist
Wildlife Expert
Animal Physiologist
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