Zoology is the study of animals, covering both their environment and biology. Keep in mind the broad definition of animals – this ranges from the big guys you see in zoos to the weird things you never knew existed. You’re looking at definitely needing a bachelor’s degree in this field, with even better job prospects with a master’s or doctorate degree.
You should be the type of person who gets excited about research, because in college alone you’ll do plenty of it. The sciences should excite you, rather than bore/terrify you. Oh, and liking animals would be a plus.
Zoology majors are good researchers. That means they’re capable of putting in long hours on projects, either in a lab, in a library, or out in the field. Zoology majors are critical thinkers and can use the scientific method. They can work well alone or with groups. It’s a nice perk if you can not only form and test a hypothesis but also actually communicate it clearly.
If you’re prone to falling asleep in biology, if you like wearing fur coats, or if you’re deathly afraid of/allergic to animals, this major probably isn’t for you.
This is a science-heavy field. You’ll likely take all the basic science and biology classes. You’ll learn about environmental sciences, evolutionary biology, animal anatomy and reproduction.
Where the animals are, that’s where the jobs for zoologists are. You could work in a zoo (and we’re not talking the gift shop here). There are jobs in research, medical and otherwise. Conservation/ecological management is another way to go. Zoology majors also often go on to become veterinarians. Then there’s animal breeding/training and related fields.
Take as many science classes as you can and brush up your SAT/ACT scores. Volunteer at your local veterinarian office or zoo for some practical experience and to see if this really is something you want to pursue.
You’ll spend a lot of time in labs, so make sure that’s something you can excel in. After all the fun of research is done, you’ll have to present your findings – that means writing skills. You’re probably the type that understands the sciences well enough. If communication is a struggle for you, seek out extra help.