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Conservation Scientists and Foresters 

What Conservation Scientists and Foresters Do

Conservation scientists and foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources.

Work Environment

Conservation scientists and foresters work for governments (federal, state, and local), on privately owned lands, or in social advocacy organizations.

How to Become a Conservation Scientist or Forester

Conservation scientists and foresters typically need a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field.


The median annual wage for conservation scientists was $61,480 in May 2017.

The median annual wage for foresters was $60,120 in May 2017.

Job Outlook

Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 6 percent by 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The continued need for wildfire prevention and suppression services, as well as consumer desire for wood pellets, will help drive demand for conservation scientists and foresters.

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