Explore the fascinating world of animals with a degree in Zoology
Before we begin, let’s play a fun game. Can you identify the person that matches the following description?
- khaki pants
- made the word ‘CRIKEY’ super famous
- owner of Australia Zoo, which is also a rescue centre for Australia’s endangered animals
- popularly known as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’
YES! We are talking about the famous zoologist, conservationist and television personality – Steve Irwin! His passion for adventure and deep concern for the welfare of animals inspired us all to be brave and taught us why every animal, across groups and classifications, needs to be cared for and preserved. If you are someone who’s fond of animals and have an interest in learning about them, there are various career options available which allow you to study, understand and help preserve and grow the animal kingdom. One such notable field is Zoology, which studies animals and their interaction with their respective ecosystems.
Who is a Zoologist?
A zoologist is a biologist who studies the structure, characteristics, functions, ecology and environments of different types of animals, from tiny amoebas to giant whales. Their studies help increase knowledge and develop practical applications in wildlife management, agriculture and in medicine.
Branches in Zoology:
Although the ancient study of animals cemented its place in the great book called ‘History of Animals’ by philosopher Aristotle, it’s scientific incarnation is relatively modern with development of technology. Here are few popular branches of zoology which you can explore:
You can also get a specialization in one of the related branches, like:
How to Prepare?
For you to be the best in any field, you need to get the best training. Here is a list of top Indian colleges offering a B. Sc/M.Sc in zoology:
- Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh
- Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
- Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar
- Christ University, Bangalore
- Fergusson College, Pune
- Gargi College, Delhi
- MG Science Institute, Ahmedabad
- Kirti M. Doongursee College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai
- Hindu College, Delhi
- Loyola College, Chennai
- Xavier’s College, Kerala
- Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh
With a degree in Zoology, a wide range of career options open up for you. For example:
- If you’re interested in looking for answers about animals, then a career in research might be great for you.
- If you’re interested in working directly with animals, a career at a zoo or wildlife ranch might be more to your liking.
- You can also become an ecologist, an environmental consultant, a marine scientist or a physician associate.
Make sure to keep your foundation in science subjects strong and aim to perform well in 10+2.
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