Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Natural resources

Natural resources field of degree. Employment: 445,680. Median annual wage: $50,000.

Natural resources field of degree. Employment: 445,680. Median annual wage: $50,000

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Table 1. Natural resources degree, 2018

Data

Natural resources

All fields

Employment

445,680 55,381,020

Median wage

$50,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

14 15

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

51 59

Percent with an advanced degree

30 37

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

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Chart 1. Types of natural resources majors, 2018

Natural resources majors

Major share

Environmental science

53%

Natural resources management

32

Forestry

15

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

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

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a natural resources degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Management occupations

16%

Life, physical, and social science occupations

13

Educational instruction and library occupations

10

Business and financial operations occupations

9

Office and administrative support occupations

8

Other

44

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

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

Table 2.

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

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 4% 74%

Management analysts

11 Bachelor's degree 2 36

Environmental scientists and specialists, including health

8 Bachelor's degree 2 39

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

6 Bachelor's degree 1 28

Conservation scientists

5 Bachelor's degree 3 25

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 3 50

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 2 93

Biological scientists, all other

2 Bachelor's degree 2 49

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

-2 Bachelor's degree 6 21

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

-3 High school diploma or equivalent 1 10

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 July 13, 2021).

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