Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Natural resources

Natural resources field of degree. Employment: 463,100. Median annual wage: $53,000.

Natural resources field of degree. Employment: 463,100. Median annual wage: $53,000

Table 1. Natural resources degree, 2019.

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Table 1. Natural resources degree, 2019
Data Natural resources All fields

Employment

463,100 56,820,460

Median wage

53,000 60,000

Percent employed part time

15 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

52 61

Percent with an advanced degree

29 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 1. Types of natural resources majors, 2019.

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Chart 1. Types of natural resources majors, 2019
Natural resources majors Major share

Environmental Science

55%

Natural Resources Management

30

Forestry

15

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a natural resources degree, by occupational group, 2019.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a natural resources degree, by occupational group, 2019
Occupational group Occupational group share

Management occupations

17%

Life, physical, and social science occupations

15

Educational instruction and library occupations

10

Business and financial operations occupations

10

Office and administrative support occupations

6

Other

43

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a natural resources degree.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a natural resources degree
Occupational Outlook Handbook profile Percent growth, projected 2020–30 Typical entry-level education Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2019 Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2019

Postsecondary teachers

24% See How to Become One 2% 73%

Management analysts

14 Bachelor's degree 2 32

Lawyers

9 Doctoral or professional degree 2 92

Environmental scientists and specialists, including health

8 Bachelor's degree 3 34

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

8 Bachelor's degree 2 54

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

7 Bachelor's degree 6 20

Elementary school teachers, except special education

7 Bachelor's degree 3 48

Conservation scientists

6 Bachelor's degree 3 22

Biological scientists, all other

4 Bachelor's degree 2 53

Physical scientists, all other

1 Bachelor's degree 2 69

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Natural resources,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/natural-resources/natural-resources-field-of-degree.htm (visited January 25, 2022).

Last Modified Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

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