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Wildlife Management Degree: What to expect?

Despite the name, Wildlife Managers don’t spend their working hours herding animals into conference rooms for a weekly staff meeting. Instead, they focus on preserving the delicate balance between humankind and nature by carefully monitoring the use of natural resources and the effects of human actions on the animal population. Wildlife management degrees range from an associate’s degree to a master’s, and each prepares you to tackle different responsibilities in this environmentally friendly field.


The minimum requirement to work in wildlife management is an associate’s degree. Wildlife management colleges offer both traditional degrees and distance learning options. Courses cover basic science skills, management requirements, and techniques for preserving an animal’s natural habitat. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to work as a Natural Resource Technician, helping others gather data and research pressing issues, or as a Park Aide at a national park.

Continue on to a four-year degree and your job field expands to include different specialty areas. If the peace of nature and the beauty of plants appeal to you, you can opt for a career in conservation forestry, which lets you stop excessive deforestation. You’ll also move from an assistant role to that of a Wildlife Manager, managing a wildlife refuge or working in a national park.

Next Step

After spending time hiking through the woods to observe and protect animals, many want to take their career to a higher level. A master’s in wildlife management explores advanced science and ecology along with leadership, management, and legal topics. This level of education opens the door to jobs as a Conservation Specialist or Wildlife Biologist, to name a few.


Certification is like a shiny gold star on your resume showing that you have the talents to tackle high-priority jobs. The Wildlife Society offers several certificates covering all educational backgrounds that affirm your experience in your line of work.

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