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Agricultural Careers Wildlife Biologist By: Dr. Frank Flanders and Ms. Anna Burgess Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Georgia Department of Education June 2005 START Job Duties & Responsibilities Apply principles used in the management of wildlife and fish populations
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By: Dr. Frank Flanders and Ms. Anna Burgess
Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office
Georgia Department of Education
A wildlife biologist must be able to effectively plan and organize work activities, organize and analyze available information, draw sound conclusions, and write clearly and concisely and in a logical sequence to inform others of their findings.
They should also be task-oriented with the ability to prioritize task completion to meet schedules and deadlines. They must be patient and persistent, as much of their work may include observation.
Starting income for a position with the federal government is about $25,000 a year with a bachelor's degree, $32,000 a year with a master's degree, and over $40,000 a year with a Ph.D.
In the state government, positions usually range from $22,000 to $29,000 a year. Beginning assistant professors begin at about $40,000 a year.
The average income for wildlife biologists is $44,500 a year in the federal government, $40,500 a year for state governments, and $52,000 a year for associate professors. Top earnings are $65,000-$85,000 a year in government and academic teaching.
To be a wildlife biologist, you need a college education. Since most wildlife resources and conservation problems relate to people, you need courses in English, geography, statistics and economics, as well as in physical and biological sciences. Communication skills, especially speaking skills, must be part of your training.
Entry level positions require a Bachelors degree while higher paying jobs in research and teaching at colleges and universities usually require a doctorate degree.
Environmental Careers Organization Internet: http://www.eco.org/
National Fish and Wildlife FoundationInternet: http://www.nfwf.org
Environmental Protection AgencyInternet: http://www.epa.gov/
Student Conservation AssociationInternet: http://www.theSCA.org/
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Internet: http://www.fws.gov/
Wildlife Society Internet: http://www.wildlife.org/