Conservation Scientists

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Description

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 4,000 openings for conservation scientists and foresters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$64,020

State-by-state Salary

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$90,890
$52,200
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Education

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Biology
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Geography
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