The diversity of career options is nearly limitless. Careers in natural resource include areas such as education, technology, conservation, design, management, research, and planning.
In spite of our students’ diverse interests, they share one common trait – they want to make a difference in the world. They improve the world by managing and conserving wildlife and fish, by improving “green” biomaterials and bioenergy sources, by developing sustainable forestry practices, and by exploring climate change models…the possibilities are endless!
Many other jobs in natural resources are listed on the following job boards:
Take an online self-assessment of career interests at CareerZone.
Read the frequently asked questions about major and career exploration.
Look at VT Career Services site, "What can I do with my major?"
Most importantly, you need to be qualified. Participate in professional societies and clubs, undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad programs, the CNRE student council, and other activities that demonstrate your interest, while also broadening your experience. Then you need to clearly and succinctly communicate that information to the potential employer through a cover letter and resume and, hopefully, an interview.
Careershift is a job hunting and career management tool that can aid you in your job search.
Many job opportunities require graduate degrees, and if you have a strong interest in a career in research or teaching at the college/university level, you should consider pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree. Your advisor can be a good place to start in determining whether graduate school is right for you, and which programs might best fit your interests. They can help you identify specific programs or faculty in natural resource programs who best fit your interests. In addition, you can check out the general information available at PhDs.org Education Index to find and compare potential graduate programs.