Natural Resources & Conservation

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

27,063

growing 3.03%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,201

growing 1.45%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$35,260

growing 2.28%

Average Wage

$68,265

growing 1.52%

People in Workforce

373,404

growing 4.59%

Average Employee Age

40.5

declining 0.827%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients are Corvallis, OR, Berkeley, CA, and College Station, TX. The locations with a relatively high number of Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients are Paul Smiths, NY, Ely, MN, and Poultney, VT. 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. Oregon State University awards the most degrees in Natural Resources & Conservation in the US, but Unity College and Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Tuition costs for Natural Resources & Conservation majors are, on average, $7,201 for in-state public colleges, and $35,260 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 (476 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (18,169 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 (18,169 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

$7,201

Median In-State Public

$35,260

Median Out of State Private

Oregon State University has the most Natural Resources & Conservation degree recipients, with 486 degrees awarded in 2017.

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 Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Natural Resources & Conservation, with 56.3% and 49.3%, 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 average salary for Natural Resources & Conservation majors is $68,265 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Postsecondary teachers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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 Iron & steel mills & steel product manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$68,265

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,649

1.52%

1 Year Growth

± 5.36%

The average salary for Natural Resources & Conservation majors is $68,265 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Postsecondary teachers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

This chart shows the average annual salaries of the most common occupations for Natural Resources & Conservation majors.

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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 by Share

373,404

2018 Workforce

± 14,984

4.59%

1 Year Growth

± 5.49%

The number of Natural Resources & Conservation graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.59%, from 357,006 in 2017 to 373,404 in 2018.

The largest single share of Natural Resources & Conservation graduates go on to work as Other managers (5.94%). 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

373,404

2018 Workforce

± 14,984

4.59%

1 Year Growth

± 5.49%

The number of Natural Resources & Conservation graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.59%, from 357,006 in 2017 to 373,404 in 2018.

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.

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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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Natural Resources & Conservation in the US. 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. Male employees are more likely to hold Natural Resources & Conservation degrees, and White students earn the majority (19,645) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

40.5

Average Age in 2018

± 0.516 Years

0.827%

1 Year Change

± 1.84%

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 26 and 27 years old, which represent 3.89% and 3.84% 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 Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (50.7%)

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

    19,645 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,353 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien

    1,099 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 Male

    7,326 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    6,778 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    982 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Natural Resources & Conservation. White Male 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

    1,898 degree recipients

  2. Mexico

    1,645 degree recipients

  3. Canada

    1,553 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Nepal

    12.7 times more than expected

  2. France

    6.98 times more than expected

  3. Taiwan

    4.3 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Nepal that hold Natural Resources & Conservation degrees (12.7 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 (1,898 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 Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Natural Resources & Conservation majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Operation and Control, and Repairing.

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 Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Critical Thinking, Speaking, and Reading Comprehension are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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