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Natural Resources Careers

The average salary range for positions within this major was between $23,900- $57,000 yearly, depending on experience and location. For a list of detailed salary trends within this field, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects significant growth in renewable energy and environmental jobs through 2018.


The bachelor of science degree in Natural Resources prepares students for a variety of career paths based on the emphasis they choose:


Natural Resources Law Enforcement Careers

the logo of the US department of homeland securityThis emphasis prepares students for positions with Federal, State, County or Local Agencies such as:

  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Customs Services
  • F.A.A. Inspectors
  • U.S. Sky Marshals
  • State, county, and local law enforcement agencies


Natural Resources Management Careers

A deer in the wildernessThis emphasis prepares students for land management positions with:

  • County soil and water conservation districts
  • State and federal natural resource agencies
  • Private land reclamation firms
  • Game farms and hunting preserves


Park Management Careers

A group of campers exploring a campgroundThis emphasis is designed for students interested in a career in:

  • Municipal, county, state, or national park management
  • Entry-level positions may include working as a technician or aide in order to obtain the experience required to advance to a higher management position.


Water Resource Management Careers

a scenic view of a campgroundThis emphasis prepares graduates for careers with:

  • The U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Watershed districts
  • Hydrology branches of state natural resource agencies
  • Soil and water conservation districts
  • Private surveying and consulting firms


Wildlife Management Careers

The logo of the wildlife societyThis emphasis prepares graduates for careers with:

  • State and federal wildlife and land management agencies
  • Private resource management firms
  • Advanced degrees (e.g., master of science) are often pursued by students seeking advanced career placement


Other Career Resources

U of M, Crookston Career Services -<link> Natural Resources job opportunities


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