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Other Resources & Conservation

140 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
15 Master's Degrees Annually
#268 in Popularity
$92,550 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Resources & Conservation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many natural resources conservation (other) graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 140
Associate’s Degree 18
Master’s Degree 15
Graduate Certificate 9
Basic Certificate 2
Doctor’s Degree 2

What Other Resources & Conservation Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other conservation and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Conservation Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in other conservation should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Other Conservation Majors

other conservation majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Other Conservation Majors

Other Conservation majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Other Resources & Conservation Major?

People with a other conservation degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Forestry & Conservation Science Professors 4.5% $86,900

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other Resources & Conservation?

140 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
38% Percent Women
8% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 140 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources conservation (other) in 2018, making it rank #268 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 62% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other conservation majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Conservation Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 124
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

Geographic Diversity

Other Conservation appeals to people across the globe. About 0.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Sweden

How Much Do Other Resources & Conservation Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources conservation (other) made a median starting salary of $22,000 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $20,950 (25th percentile) and $23,050 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to other conservation.

Salaries According to BLS

Other Conservation majors often go into careers with median salaries of $92,550. This median refers to 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, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with other conservation 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 other conservation careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Master’s Degree 0.8%
Doctoral Degree 69.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 32.3%

Online Other Resources & Conservation Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 33 schools offered some type of natural resources conservation (other) program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 3 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 3 1
Master’s Degree 4 0
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Resources & Conservation Worth It?

The median salary for a other conservation grad is $92,550 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 132% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,053,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other conservation.

Major Number of Grads
Natural Resources Conservation 20,787
Natural Resource Management 2,675
Wildlife Management 2,217
Forestry 2,155
Fisheries Sciences 547

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