Top 5 Careers in Working with Birds

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Working with birds is a profound and awe-inspiring endeavor that extends far beyond the realm of Ornithology. These magnificent creatures, with their iridescent Plumage and diverse forms, offer us an extraordinary window into the natural world. 

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Through the study and conservation of birds, we gain invaluable insights into ecosystems, climate change, and the health of our planet. Moreover, their melodious songs and intricate behaviors evoke a sense of wonder and connection with nature that transcends language.

But the significance of working with birds goes even deeper. It symbolizes our commitment to protect and preserve the delicate balance of life on Earth. Birds are indicators of environmental health, and by caring for them, we secure a better future for all living beings. The impact of this work reaches far and wide, influencing science, culture, and our collective consciousness, reminding us that the fate of birds is intrinsically tied to our own. In this shared journey, we find not only knowledge but also the inspiration to soar to new heights in the pursuit of ecological harmony.

1. Veterinarian

Becoming a veterinarian is a dream for many animal enthusiasts. Veterinarians are highly trained medical professionals who diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries in a wide range of animals. They play a crucial role in ensuring the health and well-being of birds, from livestock such as chickens and ducks to keystones species such as vultures.

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How to become a Veterinarian

To become a veterinarian, you’ll need to complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, which typically takes four years after completing a bachelor’s degree. After graduation, you can choose to work in private practice, research, public health, or specialize in areas such as surgery, dermatology, or exotic animal medicine.

Career Name – Veterinarian
Categories – Health / Business / Farming & Livestock Management
Skills Required – Life skills 40% – Career skills 60%
Basic School Subjects – STEM, Language, Business Studies
Minimum Required Education – Doctorate Degree (PhD)
Species Worked With – Pets, Critters, Farm Animals
Kind of Interaction with Animals – Direct

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2. Ornithologist

An Ornithologist is a scientist who studies and works specifically with the different types or birds, comprising domesticated animals (pets and farm birds, such as chickens) and wildlife (including marine or sea birds).

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How to become an Ornithologist

Generally, an Ornithologist 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.

Career Name – Ornithologist
Categories – Business / Marine Conservation /Wildlife Conservation / Scientists /Zoos, Aquariums, Museums and Theme Parks
Skills Required – Life skills 40% – Career skills 60%
Basic School Subjects – Biology, Science, Maths
Required Minimum Education – Bachelor’s Degree
Species Worked With – Birds
Kind of Interaction with Animals – Direct

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3. Exotic Animal Trainer

Exotic animal trainers work with wildlife to teach them specific actions on command. They mostly work within the entertainment side of the animal careers. This also includes animals used in movies, and the marine mammals you see at aquariums and sea worlds.

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How to become an Exotic Animal Trainer

The minimum requirements for training careers is a High School Certificate, but the best have furthered their studies with a College diploma, or excellent Short Courses.

Career Name – Exotic Animal Trainer
Categories – Animal Care/ Business / Media / Zoos, Aquariums, Parks and Museums
Skills Required – Life skills 45% – Career skills 55%
Basic School Subjects – STEM, Business Studies, Language
Minimum Required Education – High School Certificate
Species Worked With – Critters, Mammals, Reptiles, Fish, Birds
Kind of Interaction with Animals – Direct

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4. Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife biologists study animals and their habitats in the wild to understand their behavior, population dynamics, and conservation needs. They conduct research to help protect Endangered species and preserve ecosystems.

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How to become a Wildlife Biologist

A bachelor’s degree in biology or wildlife management is often the starting point for a career in wildlife biology. Advanced degrees can lead to more research-focused positions and leadership roles in conservation organizations.

Career Name – Wildlife Biologist
Categories – Wildlife Conservation / Specialist / Zoos, Aquariums, Museums and Theme Parks
Skills Required – Life skills 40% – Career skills 60%
Basic School Subjects – Biology, Science, Chemistry
Minimum Required Education – Bachelor’s Degree
Species Worked With – Wildlife
Kind of Interaction with Animals – Direct

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5. Scientific Illustrator

Scientific illustrators are artists who study animals and create realistic and detailed drawings of each animal so that other people can study the drawing for research or reference. Illustrators may be referred to as scientific illustrators, medical illustrators or biological illustrators, depending on their area of specialization and their employer.

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How to become a Scientific Illustrator

The minimum requirement to enter a career as a scientific illustrator is a college diploma, with a few excellent Short Courses. A diploma with a focus in fine arts, animal behaviour, zoology, animal physiology, or a closely related area is preferred.


Career Name – Scientific Illustrator
Categories: Art & Design / Business
Skills Required: Life skills 40% – Career skills 60%
Basic School Subjects: Biology, Art, Business Studies
Minimum Required Education: College Diploma
Species Worked With: Pets, Critters, Farm Animals, Wildlife
Kind of Interaction with Animals – Direct

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