A Career For The Love Of Environment and Animals

Published June 23, 2014

A Career For The Love Of Environment and Animals

Those entering into the world of working are living in a fortunate time in history, in regards to choices. An individual has the opportunity to engage in a career that can combine making a living with their passion, whatever that may be. Research has shown that those who are allowed to do what they love for a living are much happier and much more successful than those who do what they have to do to get by.

There are a growing number of individuals who love animals, which is apparent in the statistics that Americans spent approximately $61 billion dollars on their pets in 2011. For animal lovers the career options available are many and varied; some can be entered into with just a high school diploma while others require a bachelor’s degree at a minimum.

One obvious choice is becoming a veterinarian. This career will allow an animal lover to spend their entire day with animals. Technically the title for these folks is veterinary physician, and they treat animals for injuries, disease and general disorders. The career path allows for one to become a general practice type veterinarian who treats animals of all sorts, and also allows for an individual to specialize in certain types of animals such as equine care, care of livestock, or care of zoo animals. A veterinarian can chose to further their career by becoming specialized in animal surgery or dermatology.

To get a foot in the door and determine if this is the right career without too much investment a person could start off as a receptionist or assistant in a veterinary office. The day to day activities of a veterinarian can be observed, animals will be in and out of the office all day, and one can determine if this is the career path they want to follow.

Another not so common choice is specializing in zoology. One who enters this field will be studying biology in relation to animals both extinct and living. A zoologist will be studying wildlife habitats, behaviors, the interaction of animals within the ecosystem, and the impacts of humans on wildlife and the environment. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required for this type of work; a higher education such as a Masters Degree or PhD is often obtained to further ones career to move into research and University positions. When studying wildlife a zoologist will most often be in an animal’s natural environment, so for those who love the outdoors this type of job is ideal.

Because part of the job of a zoologist is to study the habitats of wildlife in decline for possible causes such as man-made pollutants, they are helping researchers with environmental studies. The information gathered is disseminated to governments, the public, as well as animal protection and study centers which in turn helps to create initiatives that can help to protect endangered species.

If a career in zoology is attractive volunteering at the local zoo would be a good way to start learning about wildlife. Volunteers can assist in animal care, assist in animal demonstrations and classes for visitors, and if an individual is a certified scuba diver they may be diving into aquariums.

Domestic animals and wildlife both benefit greatly from the thousands of volunteers to animal shelters and animals organizations every year. Volunteering is a great way to help the animals and help your community as well.

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