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How to Become a Zookeeper

Did you ever go to the zoo as a child, or maybe even with your family as an adult, and think about the wonderful career opportunities at that location? Getting to care for animals who will spark a passion in the next generation for conservation and wildlife care? Are you inspired by animals and wildlife? Have you ever wanted to be part of that? 

You can be! There are a number of roles at the zoo — from educators, animal care specialists, and zookeepers, and an Animal Health and Behavior bachelor’s degree from Unity College can be your first step to fulfilling that dream. 

Animal Care and Service Workers Fast Facts

Recommended Education 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree
Median Salary (2018) $24,990 per year
Workers Employed in U.S. (2018) 330,900
Projected Job Openings by 2028 51,700
Projected Growth Rate 16% (much faster than average)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

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