Zoology is a vast field, throbbing field with many opportunities. There is so much yet that we still dont know about our small planet and its flora and fauna. With thousand of animals on the verge of extinction, zoology also offers a way for one to make a genuine difference in the ecological set-up through conservation et al.
Speaking on career prospective in zoology, there is a plethora to choose from. Teaching in schools and colleges is also a very satisfying and gratifying experience for many. But for the ones those consider it mundane and desire something adventurous. Take your pick from a half dozen careers that have been listed below:
Zookeepers are employed by a zoo or aquarium. They act as manager and friends of the animals that are on display. The activities range from preparing meals, administrating care, cleaning their enclosures, keeping a tab on their behaviour, ensuring that the animals are healthy and reasonably happy, etc. At times, it is the responsibility of the zookeeper to groom, exercise and train the animals as well in special circumstances.
Animal and Wildlife Educator
Various wildlife parks, sanctuaries, aquariums and museums employ educators and program developers to create a variety of materials--brochures, videos, guided tours, exhibits. Usually these positions are based on volunteer model, but large parks tend to employ educators on a full-time basis. You will need to reside on the parks and study, research and explore various intricacies of wildlife behaviour. You could also branch into full-time writing, for books, magazines, Internet or even novels.
In this world of frequent oil spills, bushfires and disasters of such magnitude, a wildlife rehabilitator steps into mend the wrongs done by their fellow beings. Wildlife rehabilitation is the process of caring for ill, injured or orphaned wild animals and releasing them back in to their habitat once able to care for themselves. Rehabilitators need to acquire permits from state and federal wildlife agencies before they can possess or handle wildlife.
Primarily curators are responsible for the acquisition of animals. Most of the zoos acquire animals through captive breeding programs and rarely from the wild. AT times zoos trade animals among themselves. The curator acts as the in-between for the regulatory agencies and the zoos. He/she is also responsible for the functioning of the various breeding programs, etc.
Another one for the zoo, you could be an animal behaviourists. Behaviourists train zoologists and other zoo employees how to interact with and successfully care for animals. Animal behaviourists are often trained in ethology--the study of animal behaviour--and have experience working first-hand with animals.
With channels like Discovery and National Geographic gaining popularity with every passing day, the channels are always looking out for new content on wildlife for broadcast. A lot many zoology students have branched out into documentary making and are enjoying it every bit.