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Occupation Title: Conservation Scientists

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.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-1031

Sample Job Titles: Soil Conservationist, Conservationist, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist, Resource Conservation Specialist, Environmental Analyst, Erosion Control Specialist, Land Manager, Resource Conservationist, Watershed Program Manager, Rangeland Management Specialist, Natural Resource Specialist, Land Management Supervisor, Natural Resource Manager, Resource Manager, Range Technician, Wildlife Manager, Conservationist, Grassland Conservationist, Habitat Management Coordinator, Park Ranger, Park Naturalist, Environmental Education Specialist, Park Interpretive Specialist, Park Activities Coordinator, Park Manager, Education Specialist, Historical Interpreter, Interpretive Naturalist, Program Manager

 Salary Chart Conservation Scientists

Estimated Total Employment*
2008: 15,830
2009: 16,810
2010: 18,880
2011: 18,910
2012: 18,460

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 4,000
Projected Growth (2010-2020): 3-9%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

Suggested citation: Association of American Geographers, Jobs & Careers Website, Salary Data and Trends, http://www.aag.org/cs/salary_data_and_trends/salary_data_and_trends_overview (accessed mm//dd/yyyy).