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With a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, there are many paths to careers that conserve fish, wildlife, and habitat. Some are field or research-based. Others involve public education, animal husbandry, or law enforcement. Depending on your interests, you can find a path that will match your strengths and passions.
This graph is derived from a survey of 250 students (undergraduate and graduate) who graduated between 2009-2011; 51 of our undergraduates responded, 48 were employed. For more information about the success of our students after graduation, please review our survey of graduates.
Explore the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics website under Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations for information on wages. Please note that the salary information on the mean hourly wage shown is for people with full-time work and who have a master’s degree or PhD or more than five years of work experience. When you first start out after obtaining your bachelor’s degree, you are more likely to make what those in the 10% percentile as zoologists and wildlife biologists make or the lower percentiles of hourly wages that Life, Physical and Social Science Technicians make.
You can also find employment statistics for all other related positions such as education and law enforcement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics site. For more information about the success of our students after graduation, please review our survey of graduates.
If you are interested in animals but don't wish to pursue a science degree, there are many jobs in zoos, educational organizations, environmental non-profits and other organizations that don't involve animals at all, but let you be around them, or support their conservation as educators, writers, fundraisers, managers, event coordinators, and artists.
Want to know more about various career paths related to your interests in fisheries and/or wildlife? Check out these career profiles from EcoCanada. This site offers a comprehensive overview of career paths even though some information, such as salary, is specific to working in Canada.