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301 Master's Degrees Annually
208 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#181 in Popularity (Master's)
$83,600 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Zoology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many zoology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 301
Doctor’s Degree 208
Graduate Certificate 5

What Zoology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to zoology and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Zoology Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Zoology Majors

When studying zoology, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Zoology Majors

A major in zoology will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Zoology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with zoology:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Molecular and Cellular Biologists 8.0% $79,590
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 7.7% $63,420

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Zoology?

301 Master's Degrees Annually
60% Percent Women
15% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 60% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of zoology majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Zoology Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 22
White 215
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 21

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Zoology. About 9.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Canada
  • Brazil

How Much Do Zoology Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of zoology students with a master’s degree is $38,100 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $37,750 (25th percentile) and $38,450 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in zoology, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $67,760 to $97,340 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to zoology. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with zoology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to zoology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 37.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.6%
Master’s Degree 22.7%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.0%
Doctoral Degree 18.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 13.1%

Online Zoology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 124 schools offered some type of zoology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 10 1
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 84 3
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 75 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Zoology Worth It?

The median salary for a zoology grad is $83,600 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 110% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $874,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to zoology.

Major Number of Grads
General Biology 8,410
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 3,098
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 2,214
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2,071
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 1,894
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 1,888
Biotechnology 1,551
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 1,488
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 1,211
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,120
Pharmacology & Toxicology 931
Genetics 637
Botany/Plant Biology 407
Molecular Medicine 71

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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