Natural Resource Management & Policy

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

2,748

growing 6.8%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,458

growing 4.23%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$35,295

growing 2.47%

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 Resource Management & Policy degree recipients are Corvallis, OR, Denver, CO, and Stevens Point, WI. The locations with a relatively high number of Natural Resource Management & Policy degree recipients are Ely, MN, Paul Smiths, NY, and Glenville, WV. The most common degree awarded to students studying Natural Resource Management & Policy is a bachelors degree.

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Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Natural Resource Management & Policy and the types of students that study this field. Oregon State University awards the most degrees in Natural Resource Management & Policy in the US, but Unity College and Vermilion Community College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Natural Resource Management & Policy.

Tuition costs for Natural Resource Management & Policy majors are, on average, $7,458 for in-state public colleges, and $35,295 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Natural Resource Management & Policy programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (91 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (1,815 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Natural Resource Management & Policy

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Natural Resource Management & Policy, is Public, 4-year or above (1,815 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,458

Median In-State Public

$35,295

Median Out of State Private

Oregon State University has the most Natural Resource Management & Policy degree recipients, with 148 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Natural Resource Management & Policy 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 Resource Management & Policy, with 21.1% and 19.3%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Natural Resource Management & Policy

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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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

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Natural Resource Management & Policy is from the 2 Digit Course Natural Resources & Conservation.

$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.

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Highest Paying Locations

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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

Most Common

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The most common occupations Natural Resources & Conservation majors, by number of employees, are Other managers, Postsecondary teachers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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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

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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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

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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 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 (2,128) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Natural Resource Management & Policy is from the 2 Digit Course Natural Resources & Conservation.

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 Resource Management & Policy are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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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 (54.9%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,128 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    171 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien

    119 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Natural Resource Management & Policy 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

    634 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    428 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    47 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Natural Resource Management & Policy. 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

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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 Resource Management & Policy field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Natural Resource Management & Policy majors need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Natural Resource Management & Policy majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Operation and Control, and Equipment Selection.

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 Resource Management & Policy 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, Coordination, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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