Zoology graduate destinations

A Zoology degree provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers, especially where their analytical, problem-solving, research and IT skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Zoology (BSc and MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 23 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 71.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 39%
Self-employment/freelancing 9%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 4%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 26%
Taking time out to travel 13%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 9%
Doing something else 0%

Sector information

As well as related jobs, Zoologists also enter careers not directly related to the content of their studies. Large numbers of graduate vacancies (currently around 70%) are open to graduates of any degree discipline, and areas where Zoologists have found work in the past include finance, media, IT, and careers within the public sector.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserves activities 1
Television programming and broadcasting activities 1
Regulation of and contribution to more efficient operation of business 1
Other sectors (4 sectors) 5

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Springer Nature
  • Cotswold Wildlife Trust
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • BBC

Examples of occupations

  • Operations Analyst
  • Biodiversity Data Specialist
  • Policy Adviser
  • Journal Development Editor
  • Project Manager

Further Study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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