Soil and Water Conservationists

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What do they do?

Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use.

Also known as:

Conservation Engineer, Conservationist, Environmental Analyst, Erosion and Sediment Control Professional, Erosion Control Coordinator, Erosion Control Design and Installation Contractor, Erosion Control Specialist, Field Agronomist, Land Manager, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist, Range Conservationist, Resource Conservation Specialist, Resource Conservationist, Soil and Water Conservation District Manager, Soil Conservationist, Watershed Program Manager

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Conservation Scientists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Conservation Scientists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #6 in job growth rate
  • 70

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth
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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (4.3%)
  • Master's degree (20.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (75.2%)
  • Associate's degree (0%)
  • Some college, no degree (0%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources.
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Inspect condition of natural environments.
  • Advise others about land management or conservation.
  • Direct natural resources management or conservation programs.
  • Develop collaborative relationships between departments or with external organizations.
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