Zoologists study the anatomy, physiology, characteristics, ecology, behaviour and environments of animals.

Specialisations: Entomologist, Mammalogist, Ornithologist.

A bachelor degree in science or applied science majoring in zoology or a related field is needed to work as a Zoologist. Many Zoologists complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Investigates the interrelationships between animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and in laboratories.
  • Studies the origin, development, functions, structures and other aspects of animal life.

All Life Scientists

  • $1,794 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Zoologists

  • 710 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 43% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Zoologists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 760 in 2011 to 710 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Zoologists work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 43% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services27.0
Public Administration and Safety20.2
Arts and Recreation Services15.0
Education and Training12.4
Other Industries25.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateZoologistsAll Jobs Average
NSW21.831.6
VIC21.525.6
QLD22.020.0
SA6.37.0
WA18.710.8
TAS3.52.0
NT3.41.0
ACT2.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketZoologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-245.4-9.39.3
25-3426.2-22.922.9
35-4426.2-22.022.0
45-5420.4-21.621.6
55-598.7-9.09.0
60-647.9-6.06.0
65 and Over5.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationZoologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate45.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree43.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV3.0-21.121.1
Year 122.7-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.1-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in science or applied science majoring in zoology or a related field is needed to work as a Zoologist. Many Zoologists complete postgraduate studies.

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Employers look for Life Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    81% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Geography

    68% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  3. Clerical

    65% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. English Language

    65% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Education and Training

    64% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    94% Important

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  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    88% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Contact With Others

    86% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    85% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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