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Conservation Careers

Career Description

Conservation Careers

Conservation careers are for people interested in working to protect and restore the environment. They may choose a number of specializations based on their specific interests. People pursuing conservation careers usually do need some sort of formal education - at least at the undergraduate level. Depending on their degree level they may acquire jobs such as field technicians, wild life biologists, restoration ecologists or college professors.

If you are someone who cares dearly about protecting natural resources, you will probably opt for degree programs leading up to these or similar jobs. You may also pursue careers as law enforcement officials, policy makers or offer consultancy to farmers and governments to ensure that land and other resources are only used in a sustainable and environment friendly manner. People interested in these careers may look at the following educational opportunities available to them:

Associate's Degree

This is the most basic degree level a conservationist can pursue. Associate level degree programs in conservation may include introductory courses such as the Concepts of Watershed Management, Wildlife Management or Law Enforcement. Students may learn how to protect water courses, keep tabs on wildlife populations and protect game species and endangered species. Topics dealing with conservation policy, ecology and environmental science are also a huge part of the course work. This degree may lead up to careers such as those of field technicians, conservation workers and park rangers.

Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor's degree in this field is more specialized and students may be able to find concentrations in fields like forest conservation, environmental policy, watershed management, and range management. Students should choose their courses in accordance with their career goals and choose a maximum number of related courses. During this degree, students are expected to spend time in outdoor field study, especially in courses such as biodiversity and geology. Students with a bachelor's degree in conservation can land entry level jobs in plant ecology, environmental education and wildlife biology.

Graduate Degrees

Master’s and doctoral degrees in this field are highly specialized and available in fields like Conservation Biology or Ecology. Some schools also offer graduate courses in fields like Fisheries Management and Wetlands Conservation. A master's degree can prepare students to work as biologists, conservation consultants, land-use planners or restoration ecologists.


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