What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Conservation

Sub-Area:

  • Resource/range management
  • Wildlife/fisheries biology
  • Education/interpretation

Employers:

  • State/Federal wildlife agencies
  • Wildlife refuges
  • Federal land management agencies
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National and international environmental/ conservation agencies
  • Zoos, aquariums and other collections of animals
  • Universities and colleges
  • Non-governmental organizations, e.g. Trout Unlimited, Wild Turkey Foundation

Area:

Law Enforcement

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • State/federal wildlife and land management including:
    • Fish and Wildlife Agency
    • National Park and Forest Services
    • Land Management Bureau
    • Department of Justice

Area:

Aquaculture

Sub-Area:

  • Hatchery Operations Management
  • Aquarium Operations Management
  • Research
  • Quality Control

Employers:

  • Private commercial fish farms
  • Shellfish operations
  • Government hatcheries
  • Public and private aquariums
  • Non-profit research facilities
  • Inspection organizations
  • Colleges and universities

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Non-classroom Education
  • Research

Employers:

  • Universities and colleges
  • Public and private schools, K-12
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Nature centers and parks

General Information and Strategies

  • As an undergraduate, seek laboratory experiences such as research projects, volunteering with professors, summer jobs, or internships.
  • Participate in research programs sponsored by environmental and government organizations.
  • Consider a certificate program or specialized master's program to qualify for research technician positions.
  • Earn master's degree for greater variety and autonomy on the job. Earn a Ph.D. to work on high-level research projects, to direct research programs, to enter high levels of administration, and to teach at four-year post-secondary institutions. Postdoctoral fellowships may also be required.
  • The wildlife and fisheries degree can be good preparation for a career in healthcare such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science, but professional degrees and licenses are also necessary to practice in these fields.
  • Combine an undergraduate degree with a degree in law, business, education, information science, or other discipline to expand career opportunities. Become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools in your area of interest.
  • Learn to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Join professional associations and community organizations, and read related journals to stay abreast of current issues in the field and to develop networking contacts.
  • Secure strong relationships and personal recommendations from professors and/or employers.
  • Learn federal, state, and local government job application process. The federal government is the largest employer of scientists.
  • Gain experience with grant writing and fundraising techniques. Often research must be funded in this manner.