Careers for Animal Lovers


One of the most common college careers for people interested

in working with animals is becoming a veterinarian. This requires students to complete four years

of undergraduate coursework in pre-veterinary science or biology before

completing three to four years of veterinary school. Job prospects are excellent for people

interested in this field as there are only 28 accredited programs in the U.S.,

according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, which leads to only a

small pool of people qualified to be a licensed in a state as a veterinarian.

Veterinary Technician

If you want to work in a veterinary office but without all

of the education, you can become a veterinary technician. People in this position assist veterinarians

with many of the daily tasks such as dispensing and administering medication

and providing care for injured or ill animals. College for vet techs generally takes one to

two years depending upon the setup of the program you take, and graduates earn

an average hourly wage of $12.88, although it can be higher at a rate of $18.68

according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wildlife Conservation Officer

Individuals who enjoy the great outdoors and animals in

their natural habitat may find serving as a wildlife conservation officer the

right job for them. These officers work

in state parks and conservation areas to protect the animals living there while

educating the public about the animals and how to respect their habitats. Most officers complete a bachelor’s degree in

wildlife management, natural resource conservation or biology before undergoing

training, which can include first aid, CPR, water rescues and law enforcement



Zoos are a popular place for people to see wild animals

since many can only be found in exotic locations in specific parts of the

world. Feeding and caring for the

animals in the zoo is the responsibility of zookeepers, who also put on

educational programs for the public to learn more about the animals. Becoming a zookeeper requires a bachelor’s

degree in biology or animal science, and many zoos require previous experience

working with animals. This can often be

accomplished by serving as a zoo volunteer while obtaining your degree.

Marine Biologist

The ocean is home to many different species of animals, some

of which are just now being discovered.

The responsibility of studying and protecting the fish and other animals

found in ocean waters and along the coast belongs to marine biologists. Choosing this college career, students

generally spend four years completing an undergraduate program in biology or

wildlife conservation. While some begin

work immediately others focus on obtaining a master’s degree or PhD focused

specifically on marine biology or a specific animal species found in the water.