Avian Zoologist Career

If you work as an Avian Zoologist, you likely study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, care, and life processes of birds. You may specialize in wildlife research and management.   This may include companion birds, agricultural birds, and birds in the wild.  As well, it is likely you collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential dynamics of land and water habitats.  Working in this career subsector, you could also carry the job title of Avian Biologist, Bird Conservationist, Wildlife Biologist, Bird Habitat Biologist, or Migratory Game Bird Biologist.



  • Develop and conduct experimental studies with birds in controlled or natural surroundings.
  • Collect biological data and specimens for analysis.
  • Study the characteristics of birds, such as their interactions with other species, reproduction, population dynamics, diseases, and movement patterns.
  • Analyze the influence that human activity has on birds and their natural habitats.
  • Research, initiate, and maintain ways of improving breeding programs that support healthy game animals, endangered species, or other wild populations of land or aquatic bird life.
  • Estimate, monitor, and manage bird populations.
  • Develop and implement programs to reduce risk to human activities from birds, such as keeping birds from impacting airport operations or livestock and crop production.
  • Write research papers, reports, and scholarly articles that explain findings.
  • Give presentations on research findings to academics and the general public.
  • Develop conservation plans and make recommendations on bird conservation and management issues to policymakers and the general public.


Median Wage 2019:  approximately $63,000 annually

The job opportunity outlook is good as expected growth in the future is about 4%.

For more information



Academic Programs

To find an institution of higher education that offers a program relative to your career aspirations as an Avian Zoologist, the easiest place to start for most people is to perform a simple search by area of interest.  Overall, there are associate, bachelor, and advanced degree programs in public and private postsecondary colleges and universities across the country in the following areas:

  • Zoology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Ornithology
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Animal Biology
  • Wildlands Science


Use the link provided below and the ‘Browse for Program’ button to search by program area:

Find a College | Career Exploration