Malacologist Career Summary

How do I become a Malacologist?

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What is a Malacologist?

A Malacologist is a scientist who studies and works specifically with the different types of mollusks, such as snails, slugs, clams, squid and octopus.

Specialist Career

Malacologist is a part of zoology, but also a main career on this platform as it is a specialized career with a specific career path to follow.

What does a Malacologist do?

With which Groups of animals does a Malacologist work with?

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Mollusks

Career Categories

The Malacologist career can be found within the following OZT career categories:​

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Marine Conservation
  • Scientific Specialists

What does a Malacologist focus on?

A Malacologist focusses on the scientific study of all of the mollusks to promote the knowledge on each species.

There are a few interesting and important topics focused on within this career:

  • Taxonomy and genetics
  • Morphology and physiology
  • Behaviour of mollusks
  • Ecological impact of mollusks
  • Alternative food sources

What are the daily tasks of a Malacologist?

  • Research species
  • Plan and travel to study area
  • Collect species for analysis
  • Collect data and take photographs
  • Keep proper record of species
  • Attend seminars
  • Write reports
  • Administration and filing

The working environment of a Malacologist

Where does a Malacologist work?

Environment –

Malacologists spend the majority of their time working outdoors. The environment can range from dense forests to deep seas.

Doing tests and writing reports can be done indoors.

Places of Employment –

In most cases a malacologist is employed by a research institution, universities, governments or zoos, aquariums, museums and theme parks. They may also be self employed.

What is the average annual salary of a Malacologist?

The average salary of a permanent Malacologist is around US$60,000 per year. The salary will depend on the country and level of the employer.

Private or self employed Malacologists can earn a similar or higher income, depending on contracts. 

Can a Malacologist be promoted?

Depending on the institution they are employed at, there could be good promotional opportunities.

Basic promotion levels:

Intern > Junior Malacologist > Senior Malacologist > Head of Department

What are the difficulties a Malacologist may face?

The most difficult part of this career is being able to work with animals that can be dangerous.

They may also be required to work irregular hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays and in difficult weather.

Future Growth and Career Outlook

The current annual growth for all zoology related careers is around 5%.

Availability of Jobs

Average

Which Skills are required for a Malacologist?

The skills required for a career as a Malacologist 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
40%

Career Skills

  • Animal handling
  • Animal care techniques
  • Customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • SCUBA certified
  • Basic computer literacy
Career Skills
60%

Which subjects must I have at school to 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!

What will I need to Study to become a Malacologist?

Minimum educational requirements

Generally, a Malacologist must have at least a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree for an entry level job.

More scientific jobs will require a minimum of a Masters Degree.

Study Focus

Major –

Most Malacologists start off with an undergraduate degree in Zoology, with majors in subjects such as marine biology, animal behavior, animal science.

They specialize in Malacology towards the end of the degree, as well as in Masters studies.

Short Courses –

Much of the practical things you will do need to be learned through the completion of short course, such as capturing and handling mollusks, and getting your license in SCUBA diving.

Study Duration

The duration of Bachelor’s Degrees are between 3 and 4 years. Masters can take another 2 to 3 years. short courses differ, but can range from a few days to a few weeks.

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 go.

Possible Path(s):

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 Alternative(s):

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need will be acquired through on-the-job training. 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 (or junior Malacologist) require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. 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 person or expert. The more hands on careers, such as a Malacologist,  might require apprenticeship.

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

Average level of education of those entering this career

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

Licenses, Certificates, Registration and Professional Organizations

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

Most of the field work might require a license as a certified SCUBA diver to reach the aquatic mollusk species.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Organizations

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 zoology.

Do you have information that you would like to contribute to this course? Please click on the red beetle to access the contribution form.

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Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • 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
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge 
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