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Old 11-16-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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I want to become an entomologist. I just wanted to know if anyone here studies insects or knows someone who does. It seems really fascinating to me. Yes it may be a weird career choice but it's something I'm considering.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:39 AM
 
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I used to study it. It's a fascinating field for sure! I miss it. You'll have so many days of adventure, seeing the things that people tend to walk right by without seeing them.
I wonder what area that you reside?
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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I want to become an entomologist. I just wanted to know if anyone here studies insects or knows someone who does. It seems really fascinating to me. Yes it may be a weird career choice but it's something I'm considering.
Can't say I do, but I do know they play a very important role in society and we need entomologists just like we need chemists, biologists, etc. They all play a very important role in society. Who do you think came up with things such as bug resistant crops that significantly increases crop yields for farmers, which obviously provides a huge benefit to society? I would imagine entomologists played a huge role in developing things like this. I say go for it, regardless if people consider it "weird."
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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I used to study it. It's a fascinating field for sure! I miss it. You'll have so many days of adventure, seeing the things that people tend to walk right by without seeing them.
I wonder what area that you reside?

Southeast Michigan. Yes, I am planning on getting a bachelor's in biology and then a master's in entomology. Just not sure what the job outlook is?
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Many years ago I had several course in entomology and invertebrate zoology while getting my degrees in wildlife management and biology. I'm quite sure it was the invertebrate courses that allowed me to enter an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture first as an agricultural officer at an international port of entry where a general knowledge of invertebrates was required as well the ability to use biological keys for identification purposes. Later I moved to the agency's headquarter staff where I worked in wildlife and environmental sciences primarily preparing risk analyses and assessments.

I could relate to you some of the many career doors I looked into after school but I've now been retired for over a decade and much of that information would probably not be helpful. Also I have not stayed in touch as to how biological jobs are doing in this slow economy. I will say they were very slow in the late 1970s and continued to be well into my career.

I am now away from the professional work force but I like to say I can still identify many of the organisms I encounter on my west Texas farm. If I have nothing constructive to offer here, I will offer you my encouragement and wish you the best of luck in a worthy pursuit.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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maybe you could get into forensic entomology, i've always thought that would be interesting.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:54 PM
 
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Good for you, OP! Likely many entomologist/ology sites on internet to check out regarding jobs...or local colleges for info...library too.

I took only one course in entomology while studying horticulture- loved it! Never have lost the "bug" fascination either...oh, that amazing "walking stick"!


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I want to become an entomologist. I just wanted to know if anyone here studies insects or knows someone who does. It seems really fascinating to me. Yes it may be a weird career choice but it's something I'm considering.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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Yep, steeped in it, but not a career direction. Useful to be exposed to the incredible life cycles, structure, chemisrty, inter relationships, medical, economic entymology, apiculture. Insects are ubiquitous and it would be ashamed to not learn about their relationship with the humans, animals, birds and other insects.

The insect world has many lessons to be taught in all aspects of existential, scientific and seemingly unrelated professions. Medical entym was my favorite. Had to do with disease and insect vectors.

Fascinating, but just part of the story required to better understand nature, of which we are an inseperable part ... not apart from.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:36 PM
 
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Yep, steeped in it, but not a career direction. Useful to be exposed to the incredible life cycles, structure, chemisrty, inter relationships, medical, economic entymology, apiculture. Insects are ubiquitous and it would be ashamed to not learn about their relationship with the humans, animals, birds and other insects.

The insect world has many lessons to be taught in all aspects of existential, scientific and seemingly unrelated professions. Medical entym was my favorite. Had to do with disease and insect vectors.

Fascinating, but just part of the story required to better understand nature, of which we are an inseperable part ... not apart from.

Everyone says it is fascinating. You are lucky to have studied it for a least a little while!

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Old 11-19-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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I have always found nature fascinating. In the insect world, I find bees and other social insects to be of particular interest. The "bee dance" that they use to communicate the location of food sources to each other never ceased to amaze me, especially in a lower life form.

I'm not sure what job opportunities are available to entomologists, perhaps in the private sector they would work for pesticide companies or as forensic experts? There they may require PhD's, but not sure. I know it isn't the same field, but I do know that the biotech and pharma industry has really seen some large layoffs in the past years of biology/biochemistry scientists. I wish you well, but stay practical!
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