Conservation Scientists (19-1031)

Occupation description:  Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Excludes Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (19-1023) and Foresters (19-1032).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 206209 1.54 1317
United States 22,30023,700 6.3500 1,4002,040

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 32.2318.8823.79 30.1238.2847.14
Alaska 35.9621.5226.66 32.6043.0655.85
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 34.4522.2725.94 31.9038.8850.00
Balance of State 38.8217.0925.41 37.0149.5967.83

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
7416 21.653.3 41.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation7
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation4
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 190
Number of job position postings 57
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.3

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Alaska Geographic   (Anchorage)
Alaska Geographic Field Courses

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Defensible Space & Forestry

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Environmental Regulation & Permitting GCRT

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Sustainable Energy CT1

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Natural Resources & Sustainability PhD
Natural Resources Management BS
Natural Resources Management MS
Natural Resources Management & Geography MNR
Science Management MS
Wildlife Biology & Conservation PhD

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Sustainable Energy OEC

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Sustainable Energy OEC

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
High Latitude Range Management CT2

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Sustainable Energy OEC

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Wildlife/Forestry Conservation