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Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Conservation Scientists and Foresters
Quick Facts : Conservation Scientists and Foresters*
2010 Median Pay$57,420
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201234,900
Job Outlook5% (Slower than average)
Employment Change1,700


Conservation scientists manage, improve, and protect the country's natural resources. They work with landowners and federal, state, and local governments to devise ways to use and improve the land while safeguarding the environment. They also advise farmers, farm managers, and ranchers on how they can improve their land for agricultural purposes and control erosion.

What Conservation Scientists and Foresters Do

  • Monitor forestry and conservation activities to assure compliance with government regulations
  • Choose and prepare sites for new trees using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear land
  • Negotiate terms and conditions for forest harvesting and land-use contracts
  • Determine ways to remove timber with minimum environmental damage
  • Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are suitable for future use

Work Environment

Conservation scientists and foresters typically work in offices, in laboratories, and outdoors, often doing fieldwork in remote locations.
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Job Outlook

Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is expected to increase by 5 percent between 2010 and 2020 with most growth expected to be in federally owned forest lands, particularly in the southwestern United States.
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Pay

In May 2010 the median annual wage of conservation scientists was $59,310.
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Conservation Scientists and Foresters*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Conservation Scientists and Foresters

57420

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Conservation Scientists and Foresters*
Percent Change in Employment

Conservation Scientists and Foresters

4.87106

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Conservation scientists and foresters typically need a bachelor's degree in forestry or a related field, such as agricultural science, rangeland management, or environmental science. Some conservation scientists and foresters get a master's degree or Ph.D.
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