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Conservation Scientist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Conservation Scientist develops resource management plans to protect and manage various environments, such as forests and grasslands, to ensure that they're safe for the species and plants that live and grow there. This involves making sure habitats are free from diseases and harmful insects, as well as working to protect them from fire.

Job Outlook

There were 60 Conservation Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3621 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Conservation Scientist industry, which includes the Conservation Scientist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Conservation Scientist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,110.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $51,113.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Conservation Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $43,741.

Education and Experience

Posted Conservation Scientist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree7.87%
Bachelor's Degree43.22%
Master's Degree15.91%
Doctoral Degree5.5%
Other15.85%

Posted Conservation Scientist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years49.91%
3 to 5 years36.58%
6 to 8 years7.35%
9+ years6.16%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Conservation Scientist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (37.56%)
  • Communication (36.59%)
  • Research (23.58%)
  • Planning (23.03%)
  • Operations (20.88%)
  • Coordinating (18.34%)
  • Writing (17.48%)
  • Leadership (17.09%)
  • Customer Service (12.43%)
  • Presentations (10.38%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Occupational Hearing Conservation (7.5%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Agronomy (12.89%)
  • Agriculture (15.94%)
  • Ecology (17.19%)
  • Project Management (11.21%)
  • Soil Science (19.53%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (13.48%)
  • Environmental Education (13.55%)
  • Audiology (7.66%)
  • Environmental Science (15.82%)
  • Natural Resource Management (18.32%)
  • Biology (27.89%)
  • Forestry (13.48%)
  • Land Tenure (23.36%)
  • Wildlife Conservation (4.49%)
  • Land Management (8.95%)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (6.84%)
  • Resource Management (8.36%)
  • Water Conservation (11.41%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Nutrient Management (4.84%)
  • Soil Conservation (6.95%)
  • Conservation Planning (19.22%)
  • Conservation Science (5.66%)
  • Soil Classification (2.07%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Soil Classification (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Conservation Scientist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Naturalist
  • Conservationist
  • Reclamation Specialist
  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Soil Conservation Technician
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Conservation Planner
  • Park Naturalist
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Freshwater Coordinator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Conservation Scientist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • The Nature Conservancy (252)
  • DOCS Health (188)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (62)
  • State of Minnesota (59)
  • State of Indiana (51)
  • State of Nebraska (48)
  • State of California (41)
  • United States Department of the Interior (40)
  • Environmental Jobs Network (38)
  • United States Department of the Treasury (34)

North Carolina

  • State of North Carolina (9)
  • Land Trust Alliance (3)
  • DOCS Health (2)
  • The Nature Conservancy (2)
  • The Conservation Fund (2)
  • City of Raleigh (2)
  • Windstream (2)
  • North Carolina State University (2)
  • County Of Anson (2)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!