Ornithologists study birds. They are a type of biologist that is concerned with how birds interact with their environment what types of physical characteristics are specific to different species of birds how well birds thrive andor weaken in changing habitats and the overall behavior of birds. They also work to determine ways to prevent or deal with diseases that directly affect birds. According to the website education-portal.com ornithologists work as part of a collaborative team of scientists and biologists that analyzes the information they gather. They also rely on amateur bird watchers to report their observations related to changing bird habitats and problems that birds may experience that are associated with pollution. The work of an ornithologist cannot be solely completed in an office during regular business hours. While some work may be completed in an office setting they spend many hours in laboratories and they spend a significant amount of time outdoors where they can observe birds in their natural habitat as well as collect environmental behavioral and biological data. Ornithologists not only examine birds in nearby habitats but they also may be required to travel to remote locations so that birds of all types and species can be studied. Much of the work that ornithologists complete is applied towards efforts to improve bird habitats and to conserve endangered bird species. The minimum educational requirement for an ornithologist is a bachelor’s degree. However many have master’s degrees or PhDs. The website www.mymajors.com states that the median annual salary for this profession is $61660.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $61660
High Salary: $66660
Low Salary: $56660
Tasks: Studies birds.
Analyzes bird evolution.
Collects biological data.
Conducts experimental studies.
Also Called: Zoologist
Bird Scientist
Environmental Biologist
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