Do you want to work as an anthrozoologist?

READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

PREPARE: If you want to plan and prepare for the career, then join the OZT Community! Members have access to tools, while chatting with other students and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!

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UPDATED: 20 September 2021

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1. What is an Anthrozoologist?

An Anthrozoologist studies the different interactions between humans and animals. They look at the importance of animals in our lives.

Some interesting fields of study that Anthrozoologists are exploring

  • Medical detection dogs
  • Farmer perceptions of livestock animal welfare
  • Cetacean ecotourism
  • Primates kept as pets
  • Media representations of urban wildlife
  • Animal assisted therapy for children with autism
  • Psychological and biological underpinnings of human attachment to their pets
  • The role of animals in culture, religion and sport

A part of?

Anthrozoology is a subset or part of Ethnobiology, which is the scientific study of the way living things are treated or used by different human cultures

Covert Behaviour?

Behaviour that can't be observed, such as dreaming and thinking.

2. What does an Anthrozoologist do?

Career Categories

The Anthrozoologist career can be found within the following OZT career categories:

  • Health
  • Specialist

What does an Anthrozoologist focus on?

A major focus of anthrozoologists is looking at the positive effects of human-animal relationships on either party and the study of their interactions. This is a modern interdisciplinary field which was created by an overlap of several other disciplines, including anthropology, ethology, psychology, veterinary medicine, and zoology.

What are the daily tasks of an Anthrozoologist?

  • observe the animal over days, months or even years
  • collects statistics
  • takes detailed notes and photographs
  • collects specimens and samples for laboratory work
  • writes reports
  • attends conferences
  • talks to other scientists
  • communicates with the animal’s owner
  • ​Give lectures to students
  • Supervise animal activities, and conduct and publish their own research
  • Travel to observe animals in the wild if relevant to their studies
  • Administration and filing

3. Working conditions of an Anthrozoologist

Where does an Anthrozoologist work?

Environment

Their environment will depend on the subject matter, which means they might work equal amount of time indoors and outdoors to assess the animals.

Places of Employment –

Anthrozoologists work in different areas, such as pet-keeping, farming, animal research, conservation, zoos, animals in sports, vegetarianism, companion animals, and others. They may work permanently for one of these institutions, or be self employed and work on contract.

What is the average annual salary of an Anthrozoologist?

Typical entry-level jobs could start at less than US$60,000 per year. This may differ depending on country and place of employment.

Can an Anthrozoologist be promoted?

Anthrozoologists working for specific institutions may have a general line of promotion:

Junior Researcher -> Senior Anthrozoologist -> Department Manager

What kind of difficulties can an Anthrozoologist face?

The greatest difficulty of being an Anthrozoologist is the time it takes to gain the qualification and sufficient experience, as most places unfortunately will have this as a requirement. Another difficulty is the hours spent in the field, studying the animals, as well as the fact that most entry posts are not highly paid.

​Future growth and Possibilities:

On average the industry is expected to grow by around 7% annually.

4. Which Skills are required by an Anthrozoologist?

The skills required for a career as an anthrozoologist can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills
35%

Career Skills

  • Good business knowledge
  • Handling of animals
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills
65%

5. Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

6. What will I need to Study to become an Anthrozoologist?

Minimum educational requirements

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Bachelor’s Degrees or higher. 

Study Focus

Major –

Most Anthrozoologists studied towards Bachelor’s Degrees in fields such as Biology, Zoology, Veterinary Science, Sociology, Education or even Philosophy, and then completed additional courses (towards a Masters Degree) or even diplomas that help them specialize in the field of Anthrozoology. However, there are Universities where you can study towards a specific Bachelor’s Degree, and then add Anthrozoology as a subject (major).

Short Courses –

Educational qualifications for this career will be primarily from completing relevant short courses, such as in animal behaviour, animal handling and care, as well as animal first aid.

Study Duration

The duration of University Degrees can range between 3 to 4 years, with an added year or two to specialize. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into most of the animal health and care careers, most of the skills you will need as an anthrozoologist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require advanced training sessions in laboratories. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior anthrozoologist.

Join the Anthrozoologists Group to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of educational qualification people had when entering the Career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

7. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the Community.

Professional Associations

8. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards animal behaviour.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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