Experience and skills
Herpetology is not a singular field of study at most schools so to learn about this specialized area individuals pursue research opportunities under faculty advisors. For individuals looking to achieve research positions they need to continue their schooling and obtain their Master’s and Ph. D. in a graduate program (Study.com, n.d.).
In order to be a successful Herpetologist it’s not just about the programs you took or the degrees you achieved, you need to be passionate and truly love what you are doing.
Some of the skills a Herpetologist must have are…
Communication skills: so that you can convey research findings appropriately, talk to different scientists out in the field especially if you are in countries where people speak different languages
Outdoor skills: working in different environments can put researchers into many different situations including. Survival skills and knowledge of different outdoor living techniques are vital.
Observation skills: a successful herpetologist has to collect data and notice small changes and variances in animal behaviour.
Patience: whether researchers are working in labs or out in the field great findings requires great patience and collecting data can be a long process.