1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2113-15 Zoologist

Studies the anatomy, physiology, characteristics and environments of animals.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • investigates the interrelationships between animals and their environment by studying animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and in laboratories
  • studies and performs experiments on animals to identify species, and gather data on their growth, nutrition, reproduction, prey and predators
  • studies the development and functions of animals
  • devises methods for population control, especially of vermin and pest animal species
  • prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers
  • may supervise and coordinate the work of technical officers and technicians


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