Become a Cryptozoologist
By Eric Hammer
So just what is a cryptozoologist anyway? Well, to understand
what this profession is all about, answer these questions: Have
you ever wondered whether big foot really existed? What about
the Loch Ness monster? If you answered yes to these questions,
then you may well make a good cryptozoologist. Both of these
creatures, which are the stuff of legend and which most people
dismiss as being nothing more than fairy tales are the bread
and butter of the cryptozoologist, a person who investigates
mythical creatures, creatures which are highly suspect or those
which people believe to be extinct.
Mind you, not all cryptozoologists are complete kooks who
hunt for the Sasquatch in the backwoods of the United States
of America. Many do indeed find creatures which ordinary science
and ordinary zoologists believed at one point did not exist.
The giant squid for example was once considered to be nothing
but a legend, though today, live giant squids have been photographed
in their natural habitats, deep in the farthest depths of the
It is also possible for a cryptozoologist to track down reports
of animals thought to be extinct which are in fact still to be
found in the wild. While these are also rather rare, such occurrences
do happen and the cryptozoologist who finds such creatures is
often credited with having rediscovered a treasure, a long lost
creature which was thought to be gone forever.
How Much Can You Make?
Most cryptozoologists do their work on a hobby basis rather
than getting paid for the work. That's because cryptozoologists
generally do not follow the scientific method in their investigations
and as such often have a hard time securing research grants for
their work. That said those who do make discoveries which can
be verified by more traditional science often can expect to get
research grants for exploring other mysterious creatures and
can make as much as any reputable scientist.
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
Remember that cryptozoology is not considered a hard science
and as such, there is little in the way of professional training
or other services available for the would be cryptozoologist.
Instead, you'll find that most cryptozoologists do their work
as a part time hobby rather than as a profession. It does help
however to have a solid grounding in traditional zoology so that
you know what it scientifically possible when searching for creatures
which seem to not be there.
Another field where those who like to explore what might be
called "fringe" science can find fulfillment is in
the world of the UFOlogist. This is the scientific study of the
phenomenon of unidentified flying objects. Again however, this
kind of work generally doesn't pay much money and is usually
considered to be a hobby for most people involved in it.
Qualifications / Requirements
There are no formal requirements or licensing required to
become a cryptozoologist. You will however need a thick skin
since many people consider cryptozoologists to be crazy or obsessed.
It also helps to have a background in general zoology as this
will help you to understand what is physically likely and even
possible when searching for such rare creatures.
Start by reading more about cryptozoology and explore the
world of the cryptozoologist. See if it's something you are really
interested in. Then, look for your own passion of exploration
to find specific things you are interested in investigating as
Check out these helpful resources to learn more about how
to become a cryptozoologist:
- A website devoted to the scientific study of cryptozoology.
Cryptozoology Museum - a museum dedicated to the findings
of famous cryptozoologists.