Careers in Zoology
Zoologists contribute their expertise to many careers and industries, in both the private and public sectors. Zoologists are required in many places for practical work, professional advice or scientific expertise. Between private initiatives, ecological charities and government departments, there are lots of different places where your knowledge will be needed.
Below are three example career destinations for our Zoology graduates.
Conservation and protection
Many of our graduates have gone on into the field of conserving and protecting wildlife. Examples include directly managing wildlife, working in animal welfare, taxonomy and biodiversity. Others have approached the field from a different angle, going into environmental law and policy, fundraising and educating the public in the challenges we face.
Whether hands-on or from a distance, there are many paths that your degree can set you on.
Charity, public and private sector work
Zoologists are required in many places for practical work, professional advice or scientific expertise. Between private initiatives, ecological charities and the governments, there are lots of different places where your knowledge will be needed.
There is also a need for zoologists in academic institutions - you may one day be teaching tomorrow's experts in wildlife.
Further study and training
The end of your degree does not have to be the end of your academic journey. Many of our graduates have chosen to pursue a Zoology career to postgraduate level. The School offers a dedicated master's degree for zoologists - the highly successful MSc programme in Wildlife and Conservation Management - as well as excellent opportunities for doctoral study.
There is also scope to go into the world of education through PGCE qualification.
Reading is a research intensive university and we provide excellent opportunities to launch a research career.
Many of our graduates have chosen to pursue a zoology research career to postgraduate level via masters or PhD level study.
Academia or industry and beyond
Your degree in zoology will provide you with an excellent range of transferable skills including communication and presentation skills, critical thinking, statistics, scientific practice and problem solving.
These skills give you many options to pursue graduate careers of all kinds, and our zoology graduates have found success in a range of industries including banking, teaching, publishing, law and marketing.
Find out more
If you're interested in where your career in zoology could lead, get in touch with our Careers Centre.