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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
    • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
    • Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.
    • Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
    • Check for, and ensure compliance with, environmental laws, and notify law enforcement when violations are identified.
    • Organize and conduct experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
    • Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
    • Inform and respond to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.
    • Prepare collections of preserved specimens or microscopic slides for species identification and study of development or disease.
    • Raise specimens for study and observation or for use in experiments.
    • Collect and dissect animal specimens and examine specimens under microscope.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language

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

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 58060/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 27.91/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability

    Tools

    • Water samplers
    • Sporting traps
    • Specimen collection container
    • Entomological catching equipment
    • Commercial fishing nets

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Map creation software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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