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Monday, April 20, 2015

Work experience - Zoology

Some university courses include work placements either in the UK or abroad as part of a four-year sandwich degree. However, zoology graduates may also acquire experience, skills and contacts through carrying out voluntary work. Opportunities can often be found in animal welfare groups, zoos and conservation projects. The skills gained from work experience and extracurricular activities can greatly enhance your employability.
If you are seeking a career in a different area, it is also important to gain experience. You can do this through university involvement, paid opportunities or volunteer work. These experiences can often be combined with your current study by working in the evenings or on weekends or by pursuing opportunities during the summer holidays.

Typical employers

Jobs are available with a wide range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Typical employers include:

  • zoos or wildlife parks and environmental protection agencies;
  • government agencies and research institutions;
  • medical research establishments and the National Health Service;
  • environmental and animal charities;
  • schools, colleges, science centres, libraries and museums;
  • universities and research institutes;
  • environmental consultancies;
  • chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum companies;
  • aquaculture and animal nutrition companies.

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