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Conservation Degree and Career Overview

Conservation Degree and Career Overview
Median annual earning for wage and salary
Forester (2012)
$51,190 annual
U.S. Minimum Wage
$10,712 Annual

(Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

If you’re looking for a profession that won’t keep you chained to your desk, a job in conservation might be the right one for you! If you are an outdoor enthusiast and are interested in role you can play in the future of the environment, there are a number of challenging careers in forestry and environmental conservation that can excite and inspire

There are many pressing concerns that are facing our natural resources. More than ever before, the public has become more aware of the negative effect that technology and the expanding population have created on our environment. The changing dynamic between natural resources, people, energy, and technology is rapidly destroying the environment and wildlife. That’s why conservation studies are so important!

If you are serious about dedicating your life to help preserve the environment, you will need a degree. State and federal agencies are looking for trained professionals who are passionate about wildlife to solve the pressing concerns that are facing the environment. A degree in conservation will enable you to learn the most up-to-date techniques in conservation so you will be able to solve urgent environmental problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Conservation students learn how to figure out ways to preserve the forest, wildlife, and our natural resources. Students have the opportunity to take classes in forestry, wood technology, public policy, environmental science, and much more.

There are many opportunities available for graduates of conservation programs! Some popular careers paths include:

  • Forest ranger
  • Environmental lobbyist
  • Conservation educator
  • Museum education
  • Campground manager
  • Nature park technician

There are many options for a conservation student to take after graduation. They could work in the following fields:

  • Agricultural science – focuses on the study of plants and animals
  • Communications and education – help to inspire a positive change in the environment through teaching methods
  • Earth science – focuses on the planet and how it works. This field includes everything from mineralogy to weather forecasting
  • Parks and recreation – people who are employed in this industry generally work to manage national, public, and private parks

Amy P'Pool is currently a student at California State University at Long Beach. Studying journalism, aspiring to be a professional writer someday. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, jogging thru the parks and along the beaches of California, some consider her to be true....

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