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Wildlife Biologist

Overview: Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management, including the collection and analysis of biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water areas.
Duties: They perform studies of all kinds of animal life in their natural habitat or in zoos to understand their living and reproductive habits. Determine food and surroundings needed for survival.

They analyze the health of animals to identify the causes of diseases and what changes in environment or diet can improve animal health and resistance to disease.

For the animal species kept in zoos, they identify ideal natural foods, habitat and surroundings such as trees, rocks, water and space needed to be compatible with each species habits & needs.

They prepare reports for government agencies concerning laws and regulations needed to sustain the life of animals. Recommend changes needed to protect animals such as forestry, hunting, etc.

Degree(s): A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment of wildlife biologists is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 as research and development continues to grow and protection of endangered species remains a priority.
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree is adequate for some wildlifebiologist jobs such as in administration. A master's degree is most commonly required for jobs in applied animal research, as well as teaching in a 2-year college. A Ph.D. is usually required for university teaching of Wildlife Biology.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.