Zoology graduate destinations

A Zoology degree provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers, especially where their analytical, problem-solving, research and IT skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Zoology (BSc and MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 32 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 70%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 38%
Self-employment/freelancing 6%
Running my own business 3%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 6%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 9%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 22%
Taking time out to travel 13%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 9%
Doing something else 6%

Sector information

As well as related jobs, Zoologists also enter careers not directly related to the content of their studies. Large numbers of graduate vacancies (currently around 70%) are open to graduates of any degree discipline, and areas where Zoologists have found work in the past include finance, media, IT, and careers within the public sector.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserves activities 3
General secondary education 2
Other sectors (10 sectors) 10

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Chester Zoo
  • Cotswold Wildlife Trust
  • Hepco Motion
  • Beaphar UK
  • Zurich Insurance

Examples of occupations

  • Campaign Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Wildlife Guide
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Project Manager

Further Study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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