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Have natural resource programs surpassed carrying capacity?


Cara J

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As graduation creeps closer, or for some has passed, the looming question is, “What is next for me?” The surge of U.S. Fish and Wildlife jobs in the last month has stopped some of the worry, but what will happen with the new administration? Can I find an assistantship? Are there any jobs in my home state? Will there be any upward mobility any time soon? These are some of the questions that we all play over and over in our minds as we try to plan our futures. The question that I have been pondering lately is, “Are we too saturated with natural resource graduates for the amount of jobs that currently exist?” Now I am not saying more wildlife professionals are a bad thing, but I do want all of my peers to be able to acquire a job in our field. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 5,865 students received bachelor’s degrees in fields related to natural resources and conservation in 1993. By 2004 that number had grown to 8,797 students and in 2013 that number doubled to 16,510 students that graduated with bachelor’s degrees in natural resources. To put that into perceptive, there are [...]

 

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