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Whatís it all about: Conservation scientists manage, develop, and help protect soil and rangelands. The two main areas of conservation science are soil conservation and range management. Range managers specialize in protecting the lands and grasses that animals graze on. Soil conservationists focus more on the soil erosion, which is the loss of soil, from farming. The goal of both soil conservationists and range managers is to use the land without damaging it. They plan and develop methods for using land. They start by studying how land is currently being used and the problems caused by those methods. They then investigate ways to use land without harming it. Once they analyze their findings, conservation scientists develop plans for improving, using, and maintaining land. Once a plan is finalized, conservation scientists put it into action. This involves talking to the people the plan affects, such as farmers, ranchers, and mining companies. They may work with communities to plan gardens in a way that protects soil and conserves water. With agricultural issues certain to be of continuing concern in the coming years, job opportunities should grow about as fast as the average. Conservation scientists need knowledge in: biology, mathematics, administration and management, food production, engineering and technology, and building and construction.

Study for success: High school students should take four years of mathematics and courses in earth science, physics, and chemistry. Classes in English and technology are also recommended. Conservation scientists usually have at least a bachelorís degree. Suggested areas of study include environmental studies, agronomy, general agriculture, hydrology, crop or soil science, wildlife biology, forestry, and range management.

Discover more: For more information look online:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Environmental Careers World
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Society of Agronomy/Soil Science Society of America
Soil and Water Conservation Society, 7515 Northeast Ankeny Road, Ankeny, IA 50021

Related jobs: agricultural scientists, chemists, biologists, farmers, landscape architects, foresters, management analysts, park naturalists, and soil conservation technicians.

For more information contact:

Paulette Howell

Career Development

Auburn Career Center

(440) 357-7542, ext. 239


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