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Fish and Wildlife Biology & Management M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

Career Opportunities

A degree in fish and wildlife biology prepares a student for a broad array of careers. Many who take degrees find employment with state and federal conservation agencies, and the forest industry. Environmental engineering and consulting firms are also hiring an increasing number of wildlife biologists each year. Graduates are not limited to these fields, however, because the curriculum in wildlife biology places emphasis on invaluable analytical/quantitative tools, management and planning concepts, and communication and teamwork skills. Although field biology is central to most careers in wildlife biology, the capabilities gained in a wildlife curriculum lead many people into careers in technical and people-oriented fields. These careers include the computer industry, medicine, teaching, and government.

The work of a wildlife biologist is diverse and often includes harvest management of game species, restoration of extirpated species, control of urban wildlife populations, assessment of impacts of human development on wildlife habitat, and surveys of wildlife populations and education of the public.

A graduate degree enhances career opportunities and is often essential to those wishing to move into positions of significant responsibility for supervising management programs and conducting research projects. Graduate degrees substantially augment capabilities with computers and field biology, and provide valuable experience with problem-solving, communication and leadership.

Certification by The Wildlife Society or certification by the American Fisheries Society also enhances career opportunities because many state and federal agencies, and consulting firms give hiring preference to those who are certified.

The elective courses, in conjunction with the core curriculum in EFB, satisfy most state and federal civil service requirements, and provide the educational program needed for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society,

Placement of ESF graduates with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees has been nearly 100 percent. Some of the organizations employing our recent graduates are:

  • Blasland, Bouck and Lee, Environmental Consultants
  • Disney World Animal Park
  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey - Biological Resources Division
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources