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Approximately 21,000 zoologists and wildlife biologists are employed in the United States. Zoologists work for a wide variety of institutions, not just zoos. Many zoologists are teachers at universities and other facilities, where they may teach during the year while spending their summers doing research. A large number of zoologists are researchers; they may be working for nonprofit organizations (requiring grants to fund their work), scientific institutions, or the government. There are also many zoologists who are employed by zoos, aquariums, and museums. Jobs for zoologists exist all over the country, but large cities that have universities, zoos, and museums will provide far more opportunities for zoologists than in rural areas.

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