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i'm considering a degree in zoology but i've been getting mixed information on whether it's actually useful or not. Some people say it's very good for getting into jobs for research and conservation (which is what i'm interested in), and then others say that many people with a zoology degree are unemployed or in minimum wage jobs unrelated to the degree.
so i'm asking any zoology / ex-zoology students, what's your experience with this degree and the opportunities it provides?
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Although I do not know much specifically about Zoology, what I would say is that it is a more specialised degree than say Geography, Biology, Chemistry. Now it depends what you want to do, if you are certain you want to get specialised as soon as possible and go into research and conservation then I'm sure it will be fine. However, it might be worth doing some research regarding what specific degree you need for these types of jobs. If, for example, they state any Biology related degree (or even any science related degree) it may be worth considering whether you'd prefer doing a less specialised degree to keep your options open.

Like I said, I can't speak about the area myself, but I really doubt many conservation jobs would absolutely demand a Zoology degree over Environmental Science, for example. In the end, if Zoology is your passion, I'd say go for it.
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i'm considering a degree in zoology but i've been getting mixed information on whether it's actually useful or not. Some people say it's very good for getting into jobs for research and conservation (which is what i'm interested in), and then others say that many people with a zoology degree are unemployed or in minimum wage jobs unrelated to the degree.
so i'm asking any zoology / ex-zoology students, what's your experience with this degree and the opportunities it provides?
thanks
I studied zoology and am now doing a PhD at ZSL which is pretty awesome. Other people I know who studied it work in general grad jobs, for conservation organisation (RSPB, Wildlife Trust), are doing PhDs in a variety of subjects, ones a professional wildlife photographer, one works for the BBC natural history Unit, a couple are teachers, ones a professional field researcher and one works for an ecological consultancy.

If you do want to work for a conservation organisation the main thing is to get experience - that's a lot of working for free.
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I studied zoology and am now doing a PhD at ZSL which is pretty awesome. Other people I know who studied it work in general grad jobs, for conservation organisation (RSPB, Wildlife Trust), are doing PhDs in a variety of subjects, ones a professional wildlife photographer, one works for the BBC natural history Unit, a couple are teachers, ones a professional field researcher and one works for an ecological consultancy.

If you do want to work for a conservation organisation the main thing is to get experience - that's a lot of working for free.
Lucky you, that sounds awesome!
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I studied zoology and am now doing a PhD at ZSL which is pretty awesome. Other people I know who studied it work in general grad jobs, for conservation organisation (RSPB, Wildlife Trust), are doing PhDs in a variety of subjects, ones a professional wildlife photographer, one works for the BBC natural history Unit, a couple are teachers, ones a professional field researcher and one works for an ecological consultancy.

If you do want to work for a conservation organisation the main thing is to get experience - that's a lot of working for free.
What is ZSL?

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They're pretty much the biggest conservation research organisation in the UK, world renowned and they own and run London and Whipsnade Zoo.


http://www.zsl.org

I've wanted to do a PhD there since I was about 16 so Its all a bit surreal...
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They're pretty much the biggest conservation research organisation in the UK, world renowned and they own and run London and Whipsnade Zoo.


http://www.zsl.org

I've wanted to do a PhD there since I was about 16 so Its all a bit surreal...
That's amazing! Well done you!

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They're pretty much the biggest conservation research organisation in the UK, world renowned and they own and run London and Whipsnade Zoo.


http://www.zsl.org

I've wanted to do a PhD there since I was about 16 so Its all a bit surreal...
So jealous :eek: congrats

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So jealous :eek: congrats

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That's amazing! Well done you!

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Thankyou

Still doesn't feel real lol
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Thank you! This is really helpful, I wanted to make sure it wasn't one of them degrees that don't help at all, and you end up working as a shop assistant or something totally unrelated. Thank you, I do some work experience at the moment anyway and I don't really mind it if it would lead to a job eventually
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Although I do not know much specifically about Zoology, what I would say is that it is a more specialised degree than say Geography, Biology, Chemistry. Now it depends what you want to do, if you are certain you want to get specialised as soon as possible and go into research and conservation then I'm sure it will be fine. However, it might be worth doing some research regarding what specific degree you need for these types of jobs. If, for example, they state any Biology related degree (or even any science related degree) it may be worth considering whether you'd prefer doing a less specialised degree to keep your options open.

Like I said, I can't speak about the area myself, but I really doubt many conservation jobs would absolutely demand a Zoology degree over Environmental Science, for example. In the end, if Zoology is your passion, I'd say go for it.
Thank you, I am considering the biological science degree at Durham because you can pick and choose what topics you do, which is pretty cool. I am really interested in animals though and the zoology course sounds like the one that would suit me and be the most interesting. Thank you though this is really helpful
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I do an animal welfare degree. I'm currently in my 3rd year so don't have experience about job prospects..etc. My background at college was a-levels so I didn't have the knowledge I wanted for a career working with animals. What I am finding whilst looking for jobs is that they are less picky about specific degrees but do expect you to have the experience to go with it (and lots of it!). My degree was has been good because my university has lots of contacts for work experience and the course involves integrated practical components at actual zoos. The downside of doing a degree like this is I have changed a lot in the last 3 years and learnt a lot about myself and this industry. So I do slightly regret not doing a broader degree topic just so I would have more options for jobs.

However, there will always be a way around this if you truly want to do something else, e.g. changing degrees, specialising through module choices or by doing a masters that is different to your degree (though it helps to be compatible obviously). There is also the fact that all degrees offer transferable skills that are highly sought after in many industries!

I realise I have waffled and this may not be of any use as I am in the middle of dissertation work and brain is a bit scrambled and I really should get back... Try not to over-think your decision as you usually know what's best for yourself. One thing that helped me that somebody said to me was to pick something that you will never regret gaining knowledge on despite the career prospects (you can worry about that later!) - good luck in your studies!!
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Thank you, I am considering the biological science degree at Durham because you can pick and choose what topics you do, which is pretty cool. I am really interested in animals though and the zoology course sounds like the one that would suit me and be the most interesting. Thank you though this is really helpful
You shoushould check out Bristol as well, its very similar but there's no human biology. I studied there and loved it. If I had taken one unit on plants in third year I would have a Biology degree not Zoology, so there's very little difference
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Thank you! This is really helpful, I wanted to make sure it wasn't one of them degrees that don't help at all, and you end up working as a shop assistant or something totally unrelated. Thank you, I do some work experience at the moment anyway and I don't really mind it if it would lead to a job eventually
Hi, any updates?
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