Potential Career Paths
Wildlife and fisheries scientists find employment as wildlife and fisheries technicians and biologists, conservation officers, natural resource managers, information and education specialists, research scientists, teachers, and administrators. If your goal is a career in wildlife and fisheries science, you should consider attending graduate school. Bachelor of science graduates generally find technician-level jobs with state and federal agencies or with private firms.
Megan Davis Reed (BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, ‘12) is helping the Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System and Assistant Director for External Affairs with a variety of administrative tasks and special projects related to wildlife conservation.
Wildlife biologists have a strong interest in the natural resources and a love of wildlife. Most wildlife biologists have a four-year college degree in wildlife management; many also have graduate degrees. This job requires hard work, but it is interesting and fun and has lots of variety. Most work is done outdoors.
Fisheries biologists work in a number of different areas that focus on fish, their habitats, and people.
Herpetologists study “herps.” Herps are what most people call reptiles and amphibians--snakes, frogs, turtles, and salamanders. Herpetologists study these creatures for many reasons: Herps can show us how healthy the water or land is where they live; they also play an important role in nature’s food chain because they eat other animals and insects.
Tim Oldread (BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, '02) became an instructor in the education department at SeaWorld Adventure Park.