Purposeful. Environmentally conscientious. Ready to make a difference. Sound familiar? If so, you may want to look into a career in land use and resource management.
The driving force behind a career in land use is the desire to protect or improve natural resources. Prudent management of natural resources for the benefit of society requires knowledge of soils, hydrology, geology and plant and animal life. To be effective, those working in land use and resource management also need to understand resource policy, economics and environmental law.
A career in land use typically encompasses:
Employees working in the field of land use and resource management are expected to be investigative, realistic and enterprising. You will regularly need to gather and evaluate information, develop plans to solve problems, communicate with parties involved and evaluate document progress of projects.
Jobs in the field of land use and natural resource management have a national median salary of $59,070 (as of 2016).
Job opportunities in this industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 11.1%.
All of these career opportunities require at least a bachelor’s degree, and most require a graduate degree or at least a graduate level certificate.
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The following are common job titles of people working in the field of land use and natural resource management with a specialty in soil science conservation:
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Want to make a difference in the world around you? Apply today and get started on a purposeful career in land use and resource management.