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Natural Resource Management Major

2,331 yearly degrees
#188 in popularity
$64,000 median salary

Natural resource management is a major that typically falls into the Natural Resources & Conservation category.

There are 33 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in resource management, 87 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 68 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 16 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Resource Management Degree?

Natural resource management is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #153 in popularity. About 1,300 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 59.5% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of resource management majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 1.9%
  • Black or African American: 2.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 7.3%
  • White: 79.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.1%
  • Other Races: 7.4%
Natural Resource Management Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in resource management. About 1.1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending resource management majors to the U.S. are China, Canada and Mexico.

What Will You Learn as a Natural Resource Management Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to resource management to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Resource Management Majors

A major in resource management should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Natural Resource Management Majors

Skills for Resource Management Majors

Resource management majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Natural Resource Management Majors

Abilities for Resource Management Majors

Resource management majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for resource management Majors

What Can You Do With a Resource Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with resource management:

Careers Related to Natural Resource Management
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

29.4%

$39,600

Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

7.1%

$76,330

Park Naturalists

6.3%

$61,310

Fire Investigators

7.3%

$62,510

Municipal Firefighters

7.2%

$49,620

Compliance Managers

8%

$107,480

Regulatory Affairs Managers

8%

$107,480

Range Managers

6.3%

$61,310

Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

7.6%

$22,410

Forestry & Conservation Science Professors

4.5%

$86,900

Natural Resource Management Major Salary

Average salaries range from $53,000 to $80,000 for careers related to resource management. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Resource Management Major  ( 53000 to 80000 )
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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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$200k

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Natural Resource Management Major Jobs

Some careers associated with resource management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for resource management careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Natural Resource Management
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

2.5%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

18%

Post-Secondary Certificate

9.6%

Some College Courses

11.4%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

9.5%

Bachelor's Degree

35.8%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0.6%

Master's Degree

3.9%

Post-Master's Certificate

0.2%

First Professional Degree

0.8%

Doctoral Degree

5.8%

Post-Doctoral Training

2.7%

Online Natural Resource Management Programs

There are 87 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, with 9 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Natural Resource Management Major Worth It?

The median salary for a resource management grad is $64,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 65% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $504,800 after 20 years!

natural resource management salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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