An entomologist is a scientist who studies insects, their behavior, classification, ecology, and interactions with the environment.Job Category:
What you will do:
As an entomologist, you will be:
- Studying insect behavior, physiology, taxonomy, and ecology to expand scientific understanding
- Identifying and categorising insect species based on their characteristics
- Investigating insects’ interactions with their environment and other species
- Developing strategies to control and manage insect pests in agriculture and urban settings
- Assessing and promoting the conservation of insect species, especially those at risk
- Studying insects that transmit diseases to humans and animals
- Teaching and sharing research findings with students, professionals, and the public
- Evaluating insects’ positive contributions to ecosystems, such as pollination
- Using beneficial insects to manage pest populations
You will need:
- knowledge in biology, ecology, physiology, taxonomy and environmental science
- knowledge in behaviour, pest management, entomological techniques and medical entomology
- knowledge in research methods,
- knowledge in conservation biology
As well as:
To become an entomologist, focusing on these GCSE subjects can be helpful:
- Biology: Understanding foundational biological concepts and ecosystems.
- Chemistry: Gaining knowledge of chemical processes and interactions.
- Mathematics: Developing analytical and data interpretation skills.
- Physics: Acquiring a scientific mindset and problem-solving abilities.
- English: Improving communication skills for research and reports.
- Geography: Developing an understanding of ecosystems and habitats.
These subjects provide a solid base for pursuing a career in entomology and further studies in this field.
To become an entomologist, you generally need to meet these qualifications and requirements:
Obtain a bachelor’s degree in entomology, biology, zoology, or a related field.
Master’s or Ph.D. (optional)
Pursue advanced degrees for research-focused or specialised roles.
Gain practical experience through internships, volunteer work, or fieldwork.
Build connections with other entomologists, researchers, and institutions.
Working Hours and Environment:
Entomologists typically work regular office hours for research and analysis, engage in fieldwork for observation and collection, collaborate with peers, and might travel for conferences or studies.
Career Path & Progression:
The common career path for an entomologist includes education in entomology or related fields, entry-level roles, graduate studies, becoming a junior researcher, advancing to research scientist, specializing, potentially moving into academia, industry, or consulting, and achieving leadership roles with ongoing research and professional development.