How employable are animal behavioural specialists?
CareerExplorer rates animal behavioural specialists with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future.
Are animal behavioural specialists in demand?
While most animal behaviourists teach and/or conduct independent research at colleges and universities, a growing number are finding jobs involving health and conservation research with government laboratories or private businesses. Government agencies responsible for natural resources management sometimes hire animal behaviourists to work in their wildlife programs. Increasingly, drug companies are hiring animal behavioural specialists to study the behavioural effects of new drugs on animals or to determine the links between animal behaviour and disease. Job opportunities in the field also exist at zoos and aquariums, where behavioural specialists aim to improve the health and reproduction of animals and educate the general public. Applicants with a Ph.D. in the behavioural or biological sciences are more competitive in the job market.