Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (19-1023)

Occupation description:  Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,0221,056 3.33 2831
United States 21,30022,200 4.080 570660

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 31.8519.0523.84 29.9537.2847.93
Alaska 36.9425.8130.28 35.7941.7249.83
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 36.4026.0429.07 34.3241.3947.60
Southeast Region 39.0626.4331.81 37.5147.1149.84
Balance of State 36.1724.3030.45 35.1841.5748.83

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
863344 39.942.1 29.8
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation97
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation32
UI claimants previously working in occupation63
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 117
Number of job position postings 6
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 19.5

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Science Management MS
Wildlife Biology BS
Wildlife Biology MS
Wildlife Biology & Conservation PhD

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Marine Technology AAS
Marine Technology CT2

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska Fish and Wildlife Biologists (May 2012)