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Explore, Protect,

Do work that means something.

With your master’s degree, you can help protect the planet and become a leader in the biodiversity conservation field. As an area of global concern, there is major growth in the industry and increased demand for well-qualified professionals, so not only will you be doing important work, you’ll also enjoy a growing and rewarding career.

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Solid Job Growth

8% job market growth for the conservation industry through 2031 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Reap the Rewards

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for environmental scientists is $76,530 per year, but that could be even higher with a master’s degree.

Diversified Careers

Your work in conservation may involve a range of activities, such as scientific research, environmental policy development, conservation management and education and outreach.

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Career Options

The industry is growing rapidly, and there are many opportunities available in various fields such as environmental consulting, research, non-profit organizations, government agencies and more. Career paths include:

  • Environmental Manager or Researcher
  • Conservation Director
  • Geological and Hydrologic Technicians
  • Museum Curator
  • Public Outreach Coordinator
  • Geospatial Specialist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Wetland Ecologist
  • Land Stewardship Coordinator
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Community Science Coordinator
  • Environmental Policy Specialist & Planner
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