Ecology and Field Biology

Careers

Job/Career Titles

  • Aqua Culturist
  • Aquarium Management
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Consultant
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Evolutionary Ecologist*
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Fisheries Management
  • Freshwater Ecologist*
  • Hatchery Manager
  • Hunting/Game Manager
  • Industrial Ecologist
  • Land Appraiser
  • Outdoor/Nature Education
  • Park or Refuge Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Range Ecologist
  • Research Ecologist*
  • Resource Management
  • Soil Conservationist
  • University Professor*
  • Veterinarian*
  • Wetland Ecologist
  • Wildlife Management
  • Wildlife Research
  • Zookeeper

*Advanced education preferred

Employers

General Industry

  • Conservation Organizations
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Federal/State Government
  • Logging & Forestry Industries
  • Museums
  • National & Private Parks and Forests
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Schools, Colleges, and Universities
  • Wildlife Refuges, Zoos & Aquariums

Minnesota Employers

  • Conservation Corps of MN and IA
  • Gander Mountain
  • JC Hormel Nature Center
  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • MN DNR
  • MN State Institutions
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Wildlife Management Service

Salary and Outlook

Starting Salary Range:
$30,900-$56,000

*Subject to vary by career, company, location, and experience

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Skills and Traits

  • Affinity for science
  • Artistic
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Enjoy mental activity
  • Enjoy thinking about ideas
  • Enjoy traveling
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Good at seeing patterns
  • Investigative
  • Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Solution oriented