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Entomologist

An entomologist is a zoologist who focuses on the study of insects. The insect world is vast and incredibly diverse; therefore entomologists often focus on a specific order or family of insects.

Entomologists have many varied, important jobs, such as the study of the classification, life cycle, behaviour, physiology, ecology and population dynamics of insects. Careers in entomology are incredibly varied, ranging from forensic entomology to agricultural entomology.

Forensic Entomology is the study of insects, and their arthropod relatives that inhabit decomposing remains to aid legal investigations. A forensic entomologist may serve as an expert witness during both criminal and civil proceedings involving food contamination. Claudia Dreifus, writing in the ‘New York Times’, described a forensic entomologist as "Sherlock Holmes with a fly swatter and tweezers."

Agricultural entomology involves the study of insects that are of benefit or those that cause harm to humans, domestic animals, and crops.

Salaries range from around £17,000 a year to £60,000 or more.

For more information on training and opportunities, go to

http://www.benhs.org.uk/portal/

http://www.royensoc.co.uk/

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