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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Buggy0123, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. Buggy0123

    Buggy0123 Established Member

    Being as a majority of you are well established adults, I figured this would be a good place to ask. (this isn't necessarily a reptile question). I am in tenth grade and my counselor is calling me in soon to make up my schedule for next year. I know that what I take now will greatly affect my college choices and such. I want to take electives in what I want to do when I'm older. So, I did my research only to come to find that there are no colleges or universities in the US that have majors or minors in herpetology or paleontology. Even once I looked even further into it, I'm not quiet sure what I would even do with a degree in herpetology. Anyways, question is, what animal jobs are there that I can look into besides a vet? I was thinking about opening a pet store or something, but then wouldn't I have to major in business or accounting? Thanks in advance. (Sorry I didn't know which forum to put this is :p)
     
  2. mysavrodney

    mysavrodney Active Member

    You sound like me when I was in tenth grade. You still have plenty of time to figure out what you want to do, but it never hurts to start thinking early. I wanted to work with animals too, so I got a bachelors degree in biology. Biology can lead to more careers than most people think, so don't think it limits you to being a doctor or vet. After studying it for 4 years, you'll find your niche and a career to go with it. Usually scientists who specialize in a field like herpetology start with a more general major like biology and then go for a PhD in that specialty at another university. A lot of PhD's teach and do research at the same time for a university, which can be good money if you work hard. Look into embryology too - that's what I do and I love it.
     
  3. annaj328

    annaj328 Elite Member

    I majored in Zoology which is basically a biology degree except with more of a focus on the animal kingdom. In fact I think the Zoology program was absorbed by the biology program after I graduated. With a degree like that I met all requirements to work in a zoo/aquarium/museum setting but getting a job like that is hard with no experience. So I went on to become a vet technician! And, surprisingly, I love it! I may one day head back to the museum track when I'm too old to wrestle angry cats. ;-)
     
  4. KrokadilyanGuy3

    KrokadilyanGuy3 Elite Member

    UF has a good Wildlife Ecology program, which is what I did. Also, UF has a lot of awesome connections if you want to stick with some sort of animal field.

    OU has a good Zoology program, or it did 10 years ago when I was there before transferring to UF.

    Most animal jobs, from Fish and Game to any sort of field research, will willingly accept any Degree involving some sort of Biology, Ecology and even Vet Tech courses.

    You have to ask yourself what you really want to do. If you're looking to get on at a Zoo, volunteering is going to be your best foot in. Even if you decide on a Degree not related to animals it's the best way to do it.

    Wildlife jobs can suck. Jobs aren't always there, most only last until funding runs out or research is pushed elsewhere; 6 months to a year is a pretty common length. You'll be moving everywhere to have a job. And the pay, it'll likely suck. I did several months in Africa, pay was literally dollars a day but they did feed and board you. It's fun and you'll gain a lot of cool experiences though. Don't expect to keep a girlfriend. My ex was into birds (also took wildlife ecology) and I crocodilians/venomous..

    Being a Vet, or vet tech is a good way to go. Pretty consistant and pretty good pay. You can also decide if you want to deal with just wildlife or even more specific. I have a couple friends who do the UF wildlife Vet stuff and they see some pretty sweet stuff; rhinos, giraffs, falcons ect..

    Or Fish and Game, which I wanted to be an Officer but my eyesight isn't up to their standards. But, I'm the one they call for removals, aid in captures and when they find random pythons.

    Figure out what exactly you want to do, and you'll know what you'll need to obtain it. Anything in Animal Biology is pretty generic and accepted though.
     
  5. Eris

    Eris New Member

    I agree, go for Biology or Zoology, that will keep many doors open. I would assume that in order to run a small business, like a pet shop, it would be best to have some sort of business and accounting background.

    I by chance found myself with the opportunity to work at a vet clinic. Although I would prefer to work with coldblooded creatures, I found it to be highly rewarding and loved the medical/science aspect. Fast forward 10 plus years and now I am the practice manager and loving it every day. There are many options in the veterinary field that are not a doctor. From techs, surgery assistants, animal cruelty officers, behavior specialists, and consultants, nutrition and pharmaceutical.
     

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