Natural Resources & Conservation

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
29,904
growing 4.68%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,560
growing 0.312%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$37,400
growing 2.79%
Average Wage
$68,575
growing 0.455%
People in Workforce
383,624
growing 2.74%
Average Employee Age
40.5
declining 0.0763%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients are Berkeley, CA, Corvallis, OR, and Madison, WI. The locations with a relatively high number of Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients are Ely, MN, Paul Smiths, NY, and Ashland, WI. The most common degree awarded to students studying Natural Resources & Conservation is a bachelors degree.

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Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Natural Resources & Conservation and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Berkeley awards the most degrees in Natural Resources & Conservation in the US, but Unity College and Vermilion Community College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Tuition costs for Natural Resources & Conservation majors are, on average, $7,560 for in-state public colleges, and $37,400 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Natural Resources & Conservation programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (486 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (20,530 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation, is Public, 4-year or above (20,530 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Natural Resources & Conservation programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,560
Median In-State Public
$37,400
Median Out of State Private

University of California-Berkeley has the most Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients, with 670 degrees awarded in 2019.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Natural Resources & Conservation programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Unity College and Vermilion Community College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation, with 68.3% and 53.9%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Natural Resources & Conservation.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Natural Resources & Conservation graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The industry that employs the most Natural Resources & Conservation majors is Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Oil & gas extraction.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$68,575
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,465
0.455%
1 Year Growth
± 5.27%

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Natural Resources & Conservation majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Natural Resources & Conservation majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

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Occupations by Share

383,624
2019 Workforce
± 15,187
2.74%
1 Year Growth
± 5.49%

The number of Natural Resources & Conservation graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.74%, from 373,404 in 2018 to 383,624 in 2019.

The largest single share of Natural Resources & Conservation graduates go on to work as Other managers (5.86%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Natural Resources & Conservation by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

383,624
2019 Workforce
± 15,187
2.74%
1 Year Growth
± 5.49%

The number of Natural Resources & Conservation graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.74%, from 373,404 in 2018 to 383,624 in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Natural Resources & Conservation graduates by share is Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Natural Resources & Conservation majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Natural Resources & Conservation in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Natural Resources & Conservation is 40.5, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Natural Resources & Conservation degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Natural Resources & Conservation (21,104 students).

Workforce Age

40.5
Average Age in 2019
± 0.518 Years
0.0763%
1 Year Change
± 1.8%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Natural Resources & Conservation. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 24 years old, which represent 3.93% and 3.68% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Natural Resources & Conservation are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Natural Resources & Conservation are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (52.8%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Natural Resources & Conservation.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    21,104 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,934 degrees awarded
  3. Non-resident Alien
    1,421 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    7,790 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    7,280 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,381 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Natural Resources & Conservation. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. China
    2,566 degree recipients
  2. Philippines
    2,009 degree recipients
  3. India
    1,988 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Nepal
    6.2 times more than expected
  2. Canada
    4.11 times more than expected
  3. Germany
    4.05 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Nepal that hold Natural Resources & Conservation degrees (6.2 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is China (2,566 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Natural Resources & Conservation field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Natural Resources & Conservation majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Natural Resources & Conservation majors need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Science, and Instructing.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Natural Resources & Conservation majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operation and Control is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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