Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Career Possibilities

Many careers relate to animals. Here is a sampling of jobs that involve animals directly or aim to meet their needs as individuals or species.

  • Zoologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Aquarist
  • Zoo keeper
  • Veterinary technician
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Outdoor recreation planner
  • Animal refuge or shelter manager
  • Wildlife agent
  • Pet therapist
  • Wildlife photographer
  • Animal trainer or handler (especially dogs and horses)
  • "Cruelty-free" products manager
  • Animal control officer
  • Volunteer coordinator for an animal agency
  • Humane investigator
  • Wildlife officer
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Environmental educator
  • Ecologist
  • Fish and game warden
  • Ornithologist
  • Conservation and wildlife manager
  • Writer or editor of books about wildlife and natural history
  • Animal rights advocate
  • Farming reform advocate
  • Outreach coordinator for an animal/wildlife program
  • Zoo or aquarium employee
  • Nonprofit conservation organization employee (for example, Friends of the National Zoo or World Wildlife Fund)
  • Animal protective agency employee
  • Department of the Interior employee
  • National Park Service employee
  • Fish and Wildlife Service employee
  • Fishery and wildlife technician
  • State conservation agency employee
  • Ecotourism guide