Natural Resources & Conservation

2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources & Conservation Graduates

21,077 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,114 Avg Salary
$22,944 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Natural Resources & Conservation School for You

Highest Paid Natural Resources & Conservation GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 21,077 people earned their bachelor's in natural resources and conservation, making the major the #23 most popular in the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Natural Resources & Conservation Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Natural Resources & Conservation Graduates ranking, we looked at 198 colleges that offer a bachelor's in natural resources and conservation.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Natural Resources & Conservation Majors

The average natural resources and conservation major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $30,114 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 24% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Natural Resources & Conservation Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,114
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources & Conservation Grads in the United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid natural resources and conservation graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Natural Resources & Conservation Graduates

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Maryland Global Campus landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources and conservation school. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

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California State University - Bakersfield landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources and conservation school. Located in the large city of Bakersfield, CSUB is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Maritime is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Buzzards Bay.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public school with a very large student population.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources and conservation school. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#6

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Berkeley. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population.

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North Carolina State University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources and conservation school. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population.

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Our rankings recognize American Public University System as the #9 school in this year's rankings. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public school with a large student population.

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#11

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#11

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado Mesa University. Located in the city of Grand Junction, Colorado Mesa is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#12

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources and conservation school. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#13

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lewisburg.

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Our rankings recognize Michigan Technological University as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton.

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#14

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

Our rankings recognize Bates College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Bates is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Lewiston.

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Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colgate University. Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Los Angeles as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public college with a very large student population.

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Washington University in St Louis comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Denver, MSU Denver is a public school with a very large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Rutgers University - New Brunswick as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the city of New Brunswick.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ship is a moderately-sized public school located in the fringe town of Shippensburg.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources and conservation school. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Natural Resources & Conservation Graduates

#29

Stockton University

Galloway, NJ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Natural Resources & Conservation Graduates award.

Rank College Location
30 Northeastern University Boston, MA
31 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
32 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, GA
33 George Washington University Washington, DC
34 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
35 Iowa State University Ames, IA
36 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
37 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
38 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
39 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY

Natural Resources & Conservation by Region

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Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 16,348
Wildlife Management 1,761
Natural Resource Management 1,307
Forestry 1,156
Fisheries Sciences 405

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lynn Betts.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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