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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists - 19-1023.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Forest Wildlife Biologist
  • Habitat Biologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Refuge Specialist
  • Zoologist

SOC Occupation Groups

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-1000 Life Scientists
19-1020 Biological Scientists
19-1023.00 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Related Occupations


  • Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
  • Check for, and ensure compliance with, environmental laws, and notify law enforcement when violations are identified.
  • Collect and dissect animal specimens and examine specimens under microscope.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Coordinate preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.
  • Develop, or make recommendations on, management systems and plans 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.
  • Inform and respond to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.
  • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
  • Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as fundraising, public relations, budgeting, and supervision of zoo staff.
  • Prepare collections of preserved specimens or microscopic slides for species identification and study of development or disease.
  • Raise specimens for study and observation or for use in experiments.
  • Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
  • Study characteristics of animals, such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories, diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Analyze biological samples.
  • Assess compliance with environmental laws.
  • Care for plants or animals.
  • Collect biological specimens.
  • Communicate with the public on environmental issues.
  • Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
  • Measure environmental characteristics.
  • Plan biological research.
  • Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities.
  • Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Animal Care Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Entomology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Microbiology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Zoologist