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ZoologistAlternative titles

Kaipūtaiao Kararehe

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Animal Scientist
Biologist (Zoology)
Ecological Researcher
Wildlife Conservationist

Zoologists study animals and all aspects of their lives, including their habitats, habits and anatomy.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Zoologists with a Masters usually earn
per year
Zoologists with PhDs and several years' experience usually earn
per year
Source: Landcare Research & Universities New Zealand, 'University Staff Academic Salaries and Remuneration', 2012.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as a zoologist are average, due to limited opportunities in some areas of employment, but high demand in others.

How to get into this job

Usually required

Bachelor of Science

Useful school subjects




Julia Horsfield holding up a zebra fish embryo in a glass container full of water

Zoologists may work in laboratories or outside in field conditions

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Updated 24 Nov 2014