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by Elizabeth Buckner
While there's no doubt that protecting our environment for future generations is everyone's job, it can be your career! A college program in environmental science or natural resources conservation can be your ticket to this exciting outdoor career.
Conservation scientists, who are also known as natural resource managers, work with government, farmers and landowners to manage, improve, and protect the country's natural resources. Many conservation scientists specialize in a specific field, such as wildlife management, urban forestry, pest management, native species, or forest economics.
According to the US Department of Labor, the median annual wage of conservation scientists was $59,310 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $89,440.
The median annual wage of foresters was $54,540 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,670, and the top 10 percent earned more than $75,540.
There are a number of college programs that
could prepare you for a career in natural resources management. A bachelor's degree in forestry, biology, natural resource management, environmental
sciences, or a related discipline is the minimum educational requirement for careers in conservation and a master's in environmental science or natural
resources management will make you more competitive.
So what are you waiting for? A conservation program or college program in environmental science could lead to an exciting and rewarding career in natural resource protection!