There are currently an estimated 19,400 zoologists in the United States. The zoologist job market is expected to grow by 7.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are zoologists?

CareerExplorer rates zoologists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,900 zoologists. That number is based on 1,500 additional zoologists, and the retirement of 6,400 existing zoologists.

Are zoologists in demand?

Zoologists may face strong competition when looking for employment. Applicants with experience gained through internships, summer jobs, or volunteer work should have better chances at finding employment. In addition to job growth, many job openings will be created by zoologists who retire, advance to management positions, or change careers. While more professionals in the field will be required to study how population growth impacts wildlife and natural habitats, demand is not guaranteed because of the budgetary restrictions faced by agencies at all governmental levels: local, state, and federal.

What’s the supply of zoologists?

The zoologist industry is concentrated in Washington, California, Florida

Zoologist job market by state

State Name Employed Zoologists
Washington 2,260
California 1,950
Florida 1,630
Oregon 1,010
Minnesota 720
Alaska 690
Colorado 630
Idaho 460
North Carolina 450
New York 420
Missouri 360
Montana 350
Arizona 350
Wyoming 340
Wisconsin 330
Massachusetts 320
Texas 300
Michigan 280
Virginia 280
Utah 260
Illinois 260
Kentucky 260
Pennsylvania 230
Georgia 220
Maryland 210
New Mexico 200
Nevada 190
Maine 190
Mississippi 180
South Dakota 170
South Carolina 170
Hawaii 160
New Jersey 150
Ohio 150
Arkansas 150
Nebraska 140
Kansas 140
North Dakota 110
Vermont 110
West Virginia 110
Alabama 100
District of Columbia 90
Tennessee 90
New Hampshire 80
Iowa 80
Louisiana 60
Rhode Island 50
Guam 30