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Other names in Animal Scientist (Entomologist):

Animal Physiologist
Animal Scientist
Apicultural Scientist

What is an Entomologist?

Do you love bugs? If you said yes, then this could be the perfect career for you!

An Enthomologist studies insects and their relation to plant and animal life.

Entomology is a very old science which specialises in the study of insects. Humans have studied insects for centuries.

The field of insects is extremely large and varied, giving Entomologists loads to choose from.

Here are a few of the branches:

  • Insect behaviour
  • Morphology
  • Nutrition
  • Ecology
  • Interaction of insects with other animals and/or agriculture
  • The impact of insects on disease
  • Forensic entomology – using insects to solve a crime
  • Pesticides

Some Entomologists specialise in a particular insect, for example:

  • Lepidopterist – butterflies
  • Apiologist – bees
  • Coleopterist – beetles
  • Myrmecologist – ants etc

What does an Entomologist do?

  • travels to remote areas to find samples of insects
  • studies the habitat of the insects
  • studies and research the lifecycles of insects
  • studies the factors, like weather, pollution, deforestation etc  that affect the insect
  • does experiments and tests in a laboratory
  • documents and analyses all the information
  • liaisse and swops information with other scientists
  • attends conferences

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about bugs?
  • interested in science?
  • interested in research?
  • able to work on your own?
  • methodical?
  • responsible?
  • analytical?
  • patient?

How do I become an Entomologist?

Most Entomologists start their career doing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) at one of our local universities.

Once you have your BSc it is recommended you do an Honours degree in Zoology or Entomology. Some students prefer to do their Entomology alongside a BSc Agriculture.

Each university has their own specialised field of Entomology. It will depend on you and what you want to study.



Relevant Honours degree in Entomology

Workplace experience

Registration with the SACNASP: South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions as a Professional Natural Scientist: (Pr.Sci.Nat)


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Cryptozoologist … or … Herpetologist

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