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Wildlife Biologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies wild animals in their natural habitats. May specialize in a particular type of wild animal, such as bears, or focus on a particular habitat, such as ocean ecosystems. May study animal characteristics and interactions, or the evolution of animal species over time. May track wildlife populations, or focus on the impact of human interactions on wildlife habitats.

Job Outlook

There were 117 Wildlife Biologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4476 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Wildlife Biologist industry, which includes the Wildlife Biologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Wildlife Biologist 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 $53,244.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $49,605.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Wildlife Biologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $39,673.

Education and Experience

Posted Wildlife Biologist 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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree48%
Master's Degree47%
Doctoral Degree5%
Other0%

Posted Wildlife Biologist 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 years58%
3 to 5 years33%
6 to 8 years5%
9+ years4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Wildlife Biologist 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.

  • Research (44%)
  • Communication Skills (31%)
  • Planning (31%)
  • Writing (26%)
  • Physical Abilities (19%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Biology (55%)
  • Wildlife Biology (33%)
  • Natural Resources (29%)
  • Wildlife Management (23%)
  • Botany (21%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Environmental Science (19%)
  • Vaccination (19%)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) (17%)
  • Data Collection (16%)
  • Budgeting (16%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Fishery Biology (6%)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (6%)
  • Environmental Education (6%)
  • Conservation Planning (5%)
  • Plant Identification (5%)

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 along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (6%) – marginal value $2,883

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Naturalist
  • Ecologist
  • Fish And Wildlife Biologist
  • Fish Biologist

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 Wildlife Biologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • United States Fish & Wildlife Service (233)
  • Forest Service (132)
  • state of california (63)
  • Resource Environmental Solutions Llc (62)
  • AECOM Technology Corporation (48)

North Carolina

  • North Carolina State University (7)
  • Rentokil North America (6)
  • Department Environmental Quality (6)
  • State North Carolina (6)
  • Anderson Pest Solutions (5)

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!