It’s no secret that planet Earth is in trouble, a fact that makes entry-level jobs in conservation all the more important and necessary. Whether you want to help endangered species, preserve beautiful rainforests, or help develop new technologies that could reduce pollution, jobs in conservation are for you. Not only are most of these positions quite financially rewarding, but they are also immensely personally rewarding as well. What other job allows you to have an impact on today’s world and on the future every single day?
While there are a wide range of conservation entry-level jobs, conservation scientists and/or foresters make up a large chunk of the emerging workforce. These professionals work in a variety of settings, including forests, beaches, natural parks, and more. They tend to make around $57,420 per year and, though that might not sound like much, there is lots of room to grow and move up within the field. Plus, unlike many other positions in the field, education beyond a bachelor’s degree is not generally required.
For those who like and who wish to help animals and true wildlife as we think of it, there are jobs that fall under the heading of “wildlife conservationist.” With these conservation jobs, you can make around $61,180 per year, unless you decide to work for the federal government. Then, the average salary is even higher, at around $71,950 per year. Furthermore, these positions are growing at a rapid rate—around 12%--which means new positions and opportunities are constantly available.