Herpatoligist Money ?

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  1. MMP97

    MMP97 Not so new Member

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    Hi, how much money would a herpatoligist make a year ?... Because thats what I wanna be when I grow up .. And I wanna know "Will I be making enough money?"

    Not To Be Rude Though..

    Thanks, Tom
     
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    Define herpetologist.
    Do you want to work in a museum, or be a reptile vet? Would you like to buy rare species and breed them for money, or would you like to be involved in field studies for a university?

    You're probably looking at a biology/natural science degree at a minimum. You can do a tafe course for a vet assistant, and hope to get a job with a reptile specialist.

    It all depends on what you want to do exactly.
     
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    Certain areas of the animal industry earn different amounts. You will get more money working in a pet shop (up to $22 an hour) than you will working in a vet clinic (maybe $18 an hour). You will earn enough money to get by, but for some people it’s more about the passion than the money. When I say that I don’t mean you are looking at it for the money, but a lot of people think you do actually earn quite a lot working with animals when in actual fact it’s a rather average amount.
    It’s not a rude question at all, it’s better to start looking into your future now!
     
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    Researchers, that's where the money is, I have seen them around here, driving their porshe cayenne's, weilding their solid gold snake hooks....
    But in all seriousness, it is a good idea to scout out any career path you might want to take, while you are young. But understand that there are a lot of private keepers and hobby herpotologists/herpoculturists, who treat it as a hobby (outside of their daily work) and live nicely with a supplemented income....
     
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    How can you say that you are readyt o commit to a lifetime in a career when you have not even researched the job itself ?

    What does your "herpetologist" do for a living ? I am intrigued...

    Does she study snakes ? What for ? behavioural issues, an oedipus complex, do you plan on counselling orphaned snakes, or making doco's or cleaning cages at taronga Park or breeding them for human body part replacement...there are just so many avenues oh i'm getting dizzy weeeeeeheeeeee !!!!!

    please tell us more of this career you speak of.
     
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    He is a kid give him a break
     
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    It's hepatologist, and they study livers, gall bladders and whatnot.
     
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    Hi Tom,

    Working in science usually means a lot of work and very little money. You do it for the love of it, not the money. If you're serious about it you'll make enough money to get by, but you probably won't be rich.

    Cheers,

    Sdaji
     
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    Thanks everyone, And Sdaji I wont to work with Reptiles because I love them and Weezer, dude im 13 im not looking for a job yet .. lol .. i just wanted to know. when Im older will I be alright ( money wise ) to live or will i need to have a home breeding buisness aswell ...??...


    Thanks, Tom
     
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    But I dont want to breed or handle vemous snakes
     
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    Become a professor at a university and you'll earn about $80,000 to $100,000 a year. Become an environmental consultant and you can earn a similar amount. Become a loveable, ocker documentarian and you could earn up to $500,000,000 a year.

    Become a research assistant and earn $50,000 a year. Become a zoo keeper and you can earn $40,000 a year. Become a PhD student and earn $20,000 a year. Drive trucks in a mine and you can earn $120,000 a year.


    Stewart
     
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    what does a environmentsl consultant
     
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    A wide range of things, but the activity most up your alley (I assume) would be doing fauna surveys in areas of proposed developments (e.g., mine sites, new housing developments).


    Stewart
     
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    Choose a well paid career or trade and keep the reptiles as a hobby . Do a course if you want but remember the work pays for the hobby and the hobby keeps you sane so you can work .
     
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    I think you might be onto something. It kind off explains why inbreeding is so common.
     
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    He's researching it now.


    Stewart
     
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    who is ?
     
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    its not about the money its about what you love to do
    people that are rep vets arnt vets because its good money they do it through there love of reptiles and what you want to do for the rest of your life,

    some people do it for money but there the ones that normally hate there jobs =)
    i was looking for apprenticeships and was offered a butchers apprenticeship but thats not what i want to do with the rest of my life im set on diesel mechanics but its a long and hard work to get to the point where you have a spot because there are people out there that are more qualified than you.
    and 13 is a great chance to start looking around for jobs go to
    police station of fire department and ask around when your 15 you start doing work experience. so take the 2 years you have and look for something that you love and will do for the rest of your life.

    and don't let anyone change it if you want it go for it.

    hope i helped and good luck on finding your dream job.
     
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    Thanks Man, I love Reptiles and I wont to work with them the rest of my life ..... If I make it, Its because of you.. you set me on the right track and I thank youu for that ! :D ;)
     
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    At your age I was dead set on studying marine biology or herpetology as they are both passions of mine. However I ended up with environmental engineering (2 more years to go). Basically decided to keep my hobbies as my hobbies. Also if you do go ahead and study at uni if you do a year of herpetology and decide it's not for you depending on how well you've done you can always look into switching into a different course.

    Andrew
     
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