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As a zoologist, your research and work will most likely fall under one or more of five thematic areas, as identified by the Institute of Zoology:

  • behavioural and population ecology
  • biodiversity and macroecology
  • evolution and molecular ecology
  • people, wildlife and ecosystems
  • wildlife epidemiology

Alternatively, you could find yourself working in related industries such as agriculture, pharmaceuticals and the environmental sector or in unrelated areas such as marketing, human resources and the armed services.


What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, your zoology degree and extracurricular activity equips you with key skills sought by employers in all sectors and industries.

Here are just a few of the skills developed on your course:

  • written and verbal skills
  • research, analysis and interpretation of data
  • problem solving
  • time and personal management
  • presentation skills
  • data handling
  • statistics
  • project management

What are my career options?


  • Activities instructor
  • Animal carer
  • Communications executive
  • Flight controller
  • Graduate IT trainee
  • laboratory technician
  • Project administrator
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Woodland ecologist
  • Zookeeper


  • Burton Bolton and Rose
  • Kingswood Trust
  • Kirkhouse Trust
  • Mayflower Animal Sanctuary
  • MediaCom
  • Merial
  • Royal Air Force
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Woburn Safari Park

What are my further study options?

A wide range of postgraduate degree programmes have been undertaken by recent students such as:

  • advanced methods in taxonomy and biodiversity
  • animal behaviour
  • biological photography and imaging
  • business studies
  • conservation biology
  • educational leadership
  • environmental science
  • professional safari field guide certification
  • stem cell research
  • sustainable agriculture
  • toxicology and resistance to pesticides
  • veterinary science
  • wildlife and conservation management
  • zoology

The universities attended range from The University of Nottingham, University of Cambridge, University of Reading, University of Warwick, Imperial College London, The University of Edinburgh and
Brunel University London.


How can I use LinkedIn?

Graduate destinations such as those noted above do not necessarily provide a complete picture of what students go on to do with their lives and careers.

LinkedIn can be very useful to track how careers have developed over time. You can also find out where former students work, what they do and how they got there.

This information can be useful to you when making decisions about your career planning, networking
and taking the important next step on graduation.

If you’re new to LinkedIn head to our networking page to get started,

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There are many places to look for information and listed below are some that we think you will find useful. It is not exhaustive and no doubt your own research will lead you to other websites.




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