A soil conservationist works with property owners to determine how to use land without damaging it. They may help communities overcome problems after fires or erosion-related issues as well as work with farmers to improve their land.
A four-year bachelor's degree in environmental science, forestry, or a related field is required to obtain this position. A graduate degree (master's or doctorate) in a similar field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, may be required to work in research.
Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Most employment growth is expected to be in state and local government-owned forest lands, particularly in the western United States.
Conservation scientists and foresters work for governments (federal, state, and local), on privately owned lands, or in social advocacy organizations.