A Conservationist is responsible for improving, protecting, and managing earth's natural resources. To do so, they work closely with private landowners, federal, state, and local governments. Conservationists also frequently meet with farmers to consult them on the best practices for their land and how to increase their productivity while keeping the environment safe.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, crop science, soil science, biology or a related field, such as horticulture, plant physiology or environmental science is required. Positions that are research focused require a master’s or doctorate degree.
To pursue a career as a Conservationist:
The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, earth science, chemistry, biology, botany, and mathematics.
Employed by Research firms, governmental organizations, environmental organizations or conservation organizations, and colleges or universities.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
With increased interest in preserving natural habits and maintaining them for public use and research, the need to conserve those environments will continue to grow and create job opportunities for public conservation managers. However these career opportunities may not grow as rapidly as others.
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