Wildlife Biologist

What Does A Wildlife Biologist Do?

Wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

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How Do I Become A Wildlife Biologist?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or a related field is generally required to obtain these positions.  A master’s degree in a similar field, which would likely take an additional two years to earn, would make an applicant more valuable.

What is the Average Salary For A Wildlife Biologist?

High – 102,000
Median – 63,000
Low – 40,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Wildlife Biologist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including chemistry, biology, and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!

What Is The Work Environment For A Wildlife Biologist?

Wildlife biologists can work in offices, laboratories, and outdoors.  They may spend considerable time in the field in various weather conditions gathering data and studying animals in their natural habitats.  This may require travel to remote locations, and interpersonal contact may be limited.  This work can be physically demanding.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Wildlife Biologist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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