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Wildlife Biologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Wildlife Biologist studies wild animals in their natural habitats. May specialize in a particular type of wild animal, such as bears, or focus on a particular habitat, such as ocean ecosystems. May study animal characteristics and interactions, or the evolution of animal species over time. May track wildlife populations, or focus on the impact of human interactions on wildlife habitats.

Job Outlook

There were 82 Wildlife Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4217 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Zoologist / Wildlife Biologist industry, which includes the Wildlife Biologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Wildlife Biologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,983.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $44,048.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Wildlife Biologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,879.

Education and Experience

Posted Wildlife Biologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.67%
Bachelor's Degree52%
Master's Degree28.69%
Doctoral Degree14.23%
Other13.07%

Posted Wildlife Biologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years67.73%
3 to 5 years26.97%
6 to 8 years2.97%
9+ years2.33%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Wildlife Biologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (54.87%)
  • Research (42.9%)
  • Communication (35.26%)
  • Planning (25.3%)
  • Writing (24.35%)
  • Coordinating (20.09%)
  • Operations (15.01%)
  • Presentations (13.28%)
  • Leadership (11.24%)
  • Good Driving Record (11.12%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Comparative Anatomy (8.7%)
  • Wildlife Conservation (12.9%)
  • Vertebrate Zoology (8.75%)
  • Fishery Biology (15.26%)
  • Limnology (10.51%)
  • Wildlife Ecology (10.31%)
  • Wildlife Biology (47.19%)
  • Ornithology (8.34%)
  • Biology (67.23%)
  • Ecology (33.94%)
  • Entomology (18.54%)
  • Parasitology (10.37%)
  • Wildlife Habitats (18.12%)
  • Zoology (18.87%)
  • Wildlife Management (39.27%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Endangered Species Act (10.98%)
  • Botany (12.34%)
  • Chemistry (11.4%)
  • Ecological Restoration (12.23%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (20.04%)
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software) (9.76%)
  • Cell Biology (10.06%)
  • Business Development (1.31%)
  • Data Analysis (15.68%)
  • Agriculture (13.26%)
  • Natural Resource Management (15.59%)
  • Data Entry (9.45%)
  • Data Management (8.23%)
  • Field Research (16.48%)
  • Data Collection (19.32%)
  • Forestry (11.87%)
  • Surveying (3.61%)
  • Hydrology (7.92%)
  • Environmental Laws (4.36%)
  • Global Positioning Systems (10.2%)
  • Field Surveys (6.56%)
  • Genetics (11.59%)
  • Environmental Science (12.23%)
  • Land Management (9.45%)
  • Land Tenure (16.9%)
  • Project Management (10.56%)
  • Surveys (16.15%)
  • Resource Management (9.12%)
  • Technical Assistance (7.92%)
  • Oceanography (9.48%)
  • Technical Writing (3.56%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Wildlife Damage Management (3.97%)
  • Fish Culture (5.59%)
  • Habitat Improvement (4.42%)
  • Invertebrate Zoology (5.73%)
  • Habitat Conservation (4.95%)
  • Aquatic Botany (3.59%)
  • Ichthyology (5.67%)
  • Aquatic Animals (3.72%)
  • Mammalogy (7.95%)
  • Aquatic Ecology (5.17%)
  • Fisheries Management (6.92%)
  • Population Dynamics (7.31%)
  • Wildlife Science (5%)
  • Wildlife Monitoring (4.45%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Wildlife Damage Management (6.88%)
  • Wildlife Science (8.66%)
  • Comparative Anatomy (15.06%)
  • Vertebrate Zoology (15.15%)
  • Aquatic Botany (6.2%)
  • Wildlife Biology (81.67%)
  • Fish Culture (9.67%)
  • Invertebrate Zoology (9.91%)
  • Parasitology (17.94%)
  • Population Dynamics (12.65%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Wildlife Biologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Wildlife Technician
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Specialist
  • Fish Biologist
  • Fisheries Biological Science Technician
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Fishery Biologist
  • Entomologist
  • Innovation Technician

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Wildlife Biologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • United States Fish & Wildlife Service (232)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (102)
  • State of Washington (77)
  • State of Florida (75)
  • Terminix (70)
  • Plunketts Pest Control (58)
  • State Of Alaska (56)
  • Pheasants Forever And Quail Forever In Nebraska (49)
  • Pheasants Forever (49)
  • Stantec (48)

North Carolina

  • State of North Carolina (12)
  • Eurofins (7)
  • Syngenta Group (4)
  • Pest Management Systems (3)
  • Freedom Wildlife Solutions (3)
  • Rangam Consultants (2)
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (2)
  • Southern Wildlife Rehab (2)
  • North Carolina State University (2)
  • Pheasants Forever And Quail Forever In Nebraska (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!