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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Zoology is the scientific study of animal biology from the perspective of the entire animal organism. As a highly interdisciplinary discipline, zoologists develop a broad knowledge base to inform their understanding of the animals with which we share our planet.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analytical and critical thinking: Synthesize complex information; logical reasoning, critical thinking; in-depth knowledge of biological theory; understanding of scientific method of inquiry.

Perform laboratory procedures: Operate scientific/ laboratory equipment and instruments, understand laboratory process; administer biological tests; collect and preserve field organisms; observe and make measurements on organisms; dissect preserved or euthanized specimens.

Communication: Presenting and communicating technical and scientific data and ideas clearly and articulately to both the scientific and non-scientific communities using current technology; memorize large amounts of information; convey information to small groups and through presentations; write scientific and technical reports.

Research: The collection, analysis and interpretation of data using the appropriate laboratory and/or field techniques; organizing vast amounts of data; inspect specimens; demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; hypothesize, design and carry out experiments.

Organization and attention to detail: Data, time and resource management; independent worker, ability to meet deadlines.

Teamwork skills: the ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project.

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Animal Behaviourist

  • Animal Breeder Technician

  • Animal Feeds Advisor

  • Animal Nutritionist

  • Animal Pathologist

  • Artificial Inseminator

  • Breed Association Representative

  • Breed Journal Reporter

  • Dairy Herdsman

  • Ecotoxicologist

  • Equine Nutritionist

  • Extension Youth Specialist

  • Farm Manager

  • Feed Company Manager

  • Habitat Developer

  • Herdsman

  • Livestock Agent

  • Livestock Promoter

  • Meat Merchandiser

  • Poultry Scientist

  • Product Quality Controller

  • Research Assistant/Researcher

  • Stable Manager

  • Teacher/Professor

  • Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician

  • Wildlife Biologist

  • Wildlife Program Co-ordinator

  • Zookeeper

Potential Industries

  • Agricultural
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation
  • Environment & Pollution Control
  • Food & Beverage Manufacturers
  • Government
  • Hospitals & Medical Centres
  • Medicine & Health Organizations
  • Museums
  • Non-profits & NGOs
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Post-Secondary
  • Publishing Companies
  • Research Institutions
  • Testing Laboratories
  • Zoos, Aquariums, National or Provincial Parks

Additional Resources

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
Biological Sciences 570
T: 403.220-5516

Clubs on campus: 

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020