Top paying Animal Careers

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There are many positions in wildlife related fields that offer an average compensation of $50, 000 per year or more. Here are a few popular options for those interested in pursuing a top paying wildlife career path:

Wildlife Forensic Scientist

Wildlife forensic scientists are responsible for evaluating biological samples that have been collected in cases involving wildlife species. They may also be routinely called to testify in court as expert witnesses during legal proceedings.

Wildlife forensic scientists may work in laboratories for federal, state, and local government agencies. A B.S. degree is required for entry to the field, and professional certification is available for those with the requisite education and experience.

In the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary survey conducted in May of 2010, the median salary for forensic science technicians was found to be $51, 570 per year. Salary ranged from $32, 900 per year for entry level forensic tech positions to more than $82, 990 per year for top level forensic techs.

Zoo Director

Zoo directors oversee the management of the entire zoo facility, including its collection of animals and staff. They may find employment at zoos, aquariums, animal parks, marine facilities, and other animal related operations. Most zoo directors have advanced degrees in an applicable field, combined with extensive experience in relevant areas such as management, communications, and financial planning.

The employment site reported an average salary of $99, 000 per year for zoo directors in May of 2013.

Higher (six figure) salaries are associated with positions at the largest institutions, particularly if the zoo director has significant experience and a solid reputation in the industry.

Marine Biologist or Marine Mammalogist

Marine biologists study a wide variety of aquatic species, while marine mammalogists focus on marine mammals exclusively. They may find employment in research, academia, or private industry. Most positions in research and academia require advanced degrees and training.

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