Careers and Outcomes

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Educating, protecting and preserving

A degree in wildlife conservation and management prepares you to work for conservation, natural resource, wildlife and government agencies. While some jobs will directly involve working with animals and environments, many conservation-based jobs are human-based and involve educating people about their role in conserving and protecting the world’s natural resources:

  • Conservation education at museums, nature centers and zoos
  • Fishery management
  • Inspector
  • Land owner education
  • Land reclamation
  • Research
  • Resource or range management

Graduate education

Many students pursuing a degree in wildlife conservation and management plan to receive a graduate degree to further their career options and to qualify for administrative positions. If you are interested in one of the following careers, an additional degree may be required:

  • Conservation agent
  • Park ranger
  • Research specialist
  • Zoo researcher or specialist

If your passion is to become a conservation agent or park ranger, consider a minor in criminal justice. If you are interested in a research-based career, take laboratory classes and consider assisting a faculty member in his or her research.

Missouri State Career Center

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with a wildlife conservation and management major. You can view their recommendations by downloading What can I do with this major? 

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