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Career and Education Opportunities for Zoologists in West Virginia

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and most populous city is Charleston.

Currently, 130 people work as zoologists in West Virginia. This is expected to grow 8% to 140 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for zoologists are expected to grow by about 12.8%. In general, zoologists study the origins, behavior, and life processes of animals and wildlife.

Income for zoologists is about $21 hourly or $43,970 per year on average in West Virginia. Nationally, their income is about $26 per hour or $55,290 annually. Earnings for zoologists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Life Sciences in West Virginia and not quite as good as general Life Sciences category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: wildlife technician, limnologist, and wildlife biologist.

In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the P A Denny, the Southridge Grand PRIX and Family Fun Center, and the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty.

CITIES WITH Zoologist OPPORTUNITIES IN West Virginia


JOB DESCRIPTION: Zoologist

Zoologist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, zoologists study the origins, behavior, and life processes of animals and wildlife. They also may specialize in wildlife research and management, including the collection and analysis of biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water areas.

Every day, zoologists are expected to be able to write clearly and communicate well. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in West Virginia include:

  • Biologist. Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, and functions.

LOCATION INFORMATION: West Virginia

West Virginia
West Virginia photo by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and biggest city is Charleston. In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 in 2007. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist attractions include the P A Denny, the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty, and the Craik.