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Natural Resource Management

890 Master's Degrees Annually
34 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#119 in Popularity (Master's)
$64,140 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Natural Resource Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many natural resource management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 890
Graduate Certificate 135
Doctor’s Degree 34

What Natural Resource Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to resource management were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Resource Management Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Resource Management Majors

A major in resource management prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Resource Management Majors

As a resource management major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Natural Resource Management Major?

People with a resource management degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Foresters 4.9% $61,410
Forestry & Conservation Science Professors 4.5% $86,900
Park Naturalists 6.3% $61,310
Range Managers 6.3% $61,310
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Soil and Water Conservationists 6.3% $61,310
Wind Energy Project Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management?

890 Master's Degrees Annually
57% Percent Women
19% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 57% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of resource management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Resource Management Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 25
Hispanic or Latino 83
White 557
International Students 80
Other Races/Ethnicities 121

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Resource Management. About 9.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Iran
  • South Korea

How Much Do Natural Resource Management Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that natural resource management students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $46,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,825 (25th percentile) and $56,400 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to resource management.

Salaries According to BLS

Resource Management majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $53,240 to $80,310 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with resource management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to resource management have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 18.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 9.6%
Some College Courses 11.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.6%
Master’s Degree 3.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%
Doctoral Degree 5.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.7%

Online Natural Resource Management Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 166 schools offered some type of natural resource management program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 31 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 13 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 38 3
Bachelor’s Degree 26 7
Post-Baccalaureate 31 1
Master’s Degree 68 9
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 19 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Natural Resource Management Worth It?

The median salary for a resource management grad is $64,140 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $484,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to resource management.

Major Number of Grads
Natural Resources Conservation 21,552
Wildlife Management 2,400
Forestry 2,339
Fisheries Sciences 620
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 151

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