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Conservation Scientist and Forester
They serve as sites for recreational activities and provide habitats for wildlife.
The Job
Foresters have a wide range of duties, often depending on who they are working for. Some primary duties of foresters include drawing up plans to regenerate forested lands, monitoring their progress, and supervising harvests. Land management foresters choose and direct the preparation of sites on which trees will be planted.
Work Environment
Working conditions vary considerably. Some foresters and conservation scientists work regular hours in offices or labs, but others may split their time between fieldwork and office work.
College Majors
Bachelor's degree in forestry, biology, natural resource management, environmental sciences, or a related discipline is the minimum educational requirement for careers in forestry
Minimum Qualifications
Most forester and conservation scientist jobs require a bachelor's degree. Research and teaching positions usually need a graduate degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They also must work well with people and have good communication skills.
Quick Facts
  • About 2 of 3 conservation scientists and foresters work for Federal, State, or local governments.
  • Workers in this occupation need, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree in forestry, environmental science, range management, or a related discipline.
  • Lower than average job growth is projected; most new jobs will be in governments and in private sector forestry and conservation consulting.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual earnings of conservation scientists in May 2006 were $54,970. The middle 50 percent earned between $40,950 and $68,460. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,860, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $80,260.
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