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The current College Salary Report ranks Florida Tech graduates' mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida universities. Other national universities with salaries for graduates similar to Florida Tech's include Columbia, Yale, Brown and Johns Hopkins.
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Florida Tech alumni number more than 50,000!
They include the first female four-star general, Ann E. Dunwoody, and dozens of other military officers; a National Teacher of the Year, Tracey Bailey; the director of a NASA center; five astronauts who have flown on the space shuttle; an Olympic medalist; and a major league pitcher among thousands of engineers, scientists, pilots, entrepreneurs, and more.
Conservation Biology and Ecology Careers
Becoming an ecologist starts with the study of natural resource management in Florida Tech's conservation biology and ecology program.
Graduates of the biology program at Florida Tech are well prepared for entry-level conservation biology and ecology careers. A Bachelor's of Science in Conservation Biology & Ecology from Florida Tech prepares graduates to work in jobs related to endangered species, the conservation and restoration of ecosystems or management of natural resources.
Biology graduates work in both commercial enterprises and government agencies, often doing scientific research and analysis related to conservation and health. Biological science graduates often find their biology or ecology careers at research-based non-governmental organizations, zoos and aquariums, state and federal agencies and schools, museums and other educational nonprofits.
Conservation scientists and ecologists manage, improve and protect the country's natural resources. They work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to devise ways to use and improve the land while safeguarding the environment. Conservation scientists advise farmers, farm managers and ranchers on how they can improve their land for agricultural purposes and control erosion.
Graduates of the conservation biology and ecology program are well prepared for entry-level biology and ecology careers in a variety of industries for organizations like:
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Army Corps of Engineers
- St. Johns Water Management District
- Too many environmental consulting, wildlife management and research companies to list!
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. According to the Labor Bureau, job growth for biological scientists is expected to grow more than 20% through 2018.
Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is expected to increase by 5 percent between 2010 and 2020. Most growth from 2010 to 2020 for conservation scientists and foresters is expected to be in federally owned forestlands. In recent years, preventing wildfires has become a top concern for government agencies.
According to the Labor Bureau, ecology careers include such opportunities as:
- Conservation Scientist and Forester
- Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist
- Environmental Scientist and Specialist
- Agricultural and Food Scientist
- Environmental Engineer
- Natural Science Manager
- Postsecondary Teacher
Entry Level Salary Expectations
PayScale.com is an online salary information company providing real-time information on job market compensation. Entry-level ecology careers are reported by PayScale.com to have salaries of $42,000 with further earning potential to grow to $65,500. Other ecology careers also provide good salary potential such as:
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists: $ 46,500 - $69,700
Environmental Scientists: $39,800 - $73,600
Environmental Engineers: $47,900 - $73,600
Our program prepares our graduates for successful and rewarding ecology careers with employers such as:
- EPCOT Center
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Florida Entomology Lab
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Science Foundation
- Northrop Grumman
- Sea World
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Get an Advanced Degree
For those who choose to pursue graduate studies before commencing employment, master's and doctorate degrees are offered in such diverse programs as:
- Biological Science – Ecology
- Biological Science – Marine Biology
- Conservation Technology
- Environmental Resource Management
- Environmental Sciences
- Interdisciplinary Science
Graduate schools that provide graduate programs designed to prepare students for ecology careers include:
- Johns Hopkins
- Duke University
- University of Central Florida
- University of Miami
- University of Texas
- Wake Forest University