Fisheries and wildlife administration is a diverse field offering graduates various career options. Based on the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook, employment in natural resources and life and physical sciences is expected to grow at about the same rate as all occupations between now and 2018.
A majority of jobs will be in local, regional and federal government agencies. New job opportunities will arise from growth and retirement of the current workforce. In addition, new employment opportunities will come in "green" careers.
Sample job titles include:
- GS-9 federal positions, e.g., fish management specialist or wildlife management specialist
- Program leader or manager for a state agency
- Ecologist or biologist for a federal or state agency
- Project manager for a non-governmental organization
- Project leader or manager for a natural resources consulting firm
- Outreach coordinator
- Fishery Management Council staff member
- Legislative assistant (e.g., natural resources staffer)
- Aquaculture farmer
- Fisheries manager
- Wildlife manager
- Ecological planner
- Wetland biologist