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What jobs can I apply for with a degree in conservation biology?

Asked Fayetteville, North Carolina

I previously wanted a degree in wildlife biology, but after I further explored my interests I became more intrigued with the conservation aspects of biology rather than the scientific aspect. It's also come to my attention that Conservation Biology is a fairly knew major, and I was wondering what jobs accepted that degree.
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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

The positions for which you might make application are those that are most closely aligned with your personality traits. Learning about those traits and making networking connections with those people working in positions that look interesting to you will allow you to find an answer to this question.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

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Sherrie’s Answer

Updated New Bedford, Massachusetts

Hello,

I'm glad to hear that you are interested in conservation biology. There are numerous opportunities for someone with a degree in conservation biology. These include working for governmental organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as a researcher in an academic institution, or for a non-profit agency (e.g. The Nature Conservancy). You may want to consider completing an internship while you are working towards you degree. If your university's Biology Dept. doesn't provide direct assistance, you may try researching an organization where you would like to work (e.g. an aquarium or zoo in your area), and contact them directly. You may also look into jobs with the World Health Organization if you are interested in working overseas. Whatever you choose, good luck!

Hana’s Answer

I am naturally . very much interested in nature so I devoted my graduate studies to scientific research on nature and environment

David’s Answer

biology

Manush’s Answer

Updated Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

You have options to do research as technician level in an academic institution. You also can do policy line if you're interested in advocacy.