Becoming a Wildlife Manager via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School is a US school (accredited) offering wildlife management courses to train individuals to become top-notch wildlife managers, foresters, fish and wildlife biologists, area foresters, district wildlife managers, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 7,530 people employed as fish and game wardens alone in America, and their average annual salary is $54,950. Animal scientists make on average $64,510 per year and there are about 2,190 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for a Wildlife Manager
  • Government Offices
  • Private Consulting Firms
  • Offices
  • In nature
  • Wildlife Refuges
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Fisheries
  • Natural Parks
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as a Wildlife Manager
  • Protect animals and people
  • Work outdoors
  • Educate kids about wildlife
  • Work with wildlife
  • Keep habitats safe from people
  • Prevent specie extinction
  • Stable job security
  • Set work schedules
  • Good pay rates
  • Easy advancement opportunities
Potential Drawbacks
  • Work outdoors in inclement weather
  • Deal with sick or injured animals
  • Deal with aggressive animals
  • Work alone
  • Work odd hours
  • Confront armed hunters
  • Deal with poaching problems
  • Work in a remote area
  • Deal with agency budget or staff cuts
  • Work on a seasonal basis
Related Professions to Consider
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Refuge Manager
  • Fish & Wildlife Administrator
  • Wildlife Biology Project Manager
  • Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist
  • Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Project Manager
  • Wildlife Ecologist
  • Regional Education Advocacy Manager
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be a Wildlife Manager
  • What's been the reaction to the books you have read on biology?
  • Burn out is a common problem in this profession what will you do to avoid it?
  • Wildlife managers are usally under physical stress how will you cope up?
  • What will you do if an animal shows clear evidence of abuse?
  • What will you do about squirrel population problem in the campus?
  • Where did you go to school?
  • What are your motivations?
  • Which parts of the world have you visited up till now?
  • Why should we select you for this position?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • Senior Biologist/Project Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • General Manager - Ranching Operations
  • Consulting Biologist/ Project Manager
  • Housekeeping Manager Supervisor
  • Wildlife Biology Project Manager
  • Wildlife Ecologist
  • District Wildlife Manager
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
Wildlife Manager Training books Wildlife Manager (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • Chemistry General and Organic
  • Conservation Law and Policy
  • Field Methods for Wildlife Management
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology
  • Terrestrial wildlife Ecology
  • Wetlands wildlife ecology
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Botany and Ecology
  • Fishing and Forestry

Wildlife Manager Salary Information

Category: Animal scientists

Total # Employed in the US 2,190
Average Hourly Wage: $31.02/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$15.25 $19.68 $27.38 $39.68 $51.77
Average Yearly Salary $64,510
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$31,730 $40,930 $56,960 $82,540 $107,680
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.5% 4.2% 8.9% 7.5% 41.4% 23.4% 14.2%
Animal scientists — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Mississippi $50.84/hr $105,750
North Dakota $38.64/hr $80,370
New Hampshire $32.86/hr $68,350
Louisiana $32.77/hr $68,170
Maine $32.55/hr $67,700
Maryland $31.25/hr $65,010
Michigan $30.43/hr $63,300
South Dakota $30.25/hr $62,930
Hawaii $27.81/hr $57,850
Wyoming $27.67/hr $57,540
Nebraska $26.79/hr $55,720
South Carolina $24.75/hr $51,490
Nevada $22.75/hr $47,310
West Virginia $17.83/hr $37,080


Category: Zoologists and wildlife biologists

Total # Employed in the US 17,460
Average Hourly Wage: $29.17/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16.96 $21.55 $27.16 $34.61 $44.78
Average Yearly Salary $60,670
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$35,280 $44,830 $56,500 $71,990 $93,140
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.1% 0.9% 2.6% 3.3% 43.2% 30.2% 19.8%
Zoologists and wildlife biologists — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Mississippi $43.78/hr $91,050
Virginia $37.23/hr $77,440
Colorado $35.17/hr $73,160
Delaware $34.61/hr $71,990
Massachusetts $33.24/hr $69,150
Indiana $32.86/hr $68,360
Missouri $32.04/hr $66,650
Montana $31.07/hr $64,620
Oregon $30.42/hr $63,270
Tennessee $30.33/hr $63,080
Ohio $30.27/hr $62,960
North Dakota $30.22/hr $62,860
Kansas $29.55/hr $61,470
Alaska $29.24/hr $60,830
Nevada $29.1/hr $60,520
Oklahoma $29.07/hr $60,460
Iowa $28.6/hr $59,490
Connecticut $28.51/hr $59,300
Alabama $28.39/hr $59,040
New York $28.31/hr $58,890
Utah $27.74/hr $57,710
New Jersey $27.4/hr $56,990
Washington $26.82/hr $55,780
Pennsylvania $26.78/hr $55,700
North Carolina $26.64/hr $55,400
Louisiana $26.53/hr $55,180
Nebraska $26.01/hr $54,110
Hawaii $25.83/hr $53,720
South Carolina $25.34/hr $52,710
New Mexico $25.23/hr $52,490
Arkansas $25.15/hr $52,310
Guam $24.99/hr $51,980
California $24.76/hr $51,500
Michigan $24.54/hr $51,050
South Dakota $24.39/hr $50,730
Idaho $24.21/hr $50,350
West Virginia $24.16/hr $50,260
New Hampshire $24.12/hr $50,180
Wisconsin $23.59/hr $49,060
Wyoming $21.98/hr $45,710


Category: Forest and conservation technicians

Total # Employed in the US 31,440
Average Hourly Wage: $17.49/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.78 $13.22 $15.8 $20.92 $25.52
Average Yearly Salary $36,370
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,490 $27,510 $32,860 $43,510 $53,080
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
2.6% 17.5% 23.9% 12.6% 29.7% 9.4% 4.2%
Forest and conservation technicians — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Delaware $32.11/hr $66,800
Missouri $21.61/hr $44,950
Oklahoma $20.9/hr $43,480
Alaska $20.33/hr $42,280
Idaho $20.21/hr $42,040
Maine $20.17/hr $41,960
Hawaii $19.68/hr $40,930
Louisiana $19.55/hr $40,650
Massachusetts $19.5/hr $40,560
Montana $19.49/hr $40,540
California $19.42/hr $40,390
Alabama $19.27/hr $40,070
Michigan $19.23/hr $40,010
South Dakota $19/hr $39,510
Nevada $18.88/hr $39,280
Pennsylvania $18.53/hr $38,540
Puerto Rico $18.39/hr $38,260
Colorado $18.28/hr $38,020
Indiana $18.22/hr $37,890
Utah $18.17/hr $37,790
Oregon $18.13/hr $37,710
Nebraska $17.98/hr $37,390
Mississippi $17.98/hr $37,400
New Hampshire $17.66/hr $36,720
Kansas $17.65/hr $36,710
Tennessee $17.58/hr $36,560
Wyoming $17.49/hr $36,380
Washington $17.37/hr $36,130
South Carolina $17.14/hr $35,660
Connecticut $16.93/hr $35,210
North Carolina $16.82/hr $34,980
New York $16.8/hr $34,950
Iowa $16.61/hr $34,560
Arkansas $16.53/hr $34,370
Ohio $16.43/hr $34,180
Kentucky $16.07/hr $33,420
New Jersey $16.02/hr $33,320
Wisconsin $15.78/hr $32,810
West Virginia $15.64/hr $32,530
New Mexico $15.53/hr $32,300


Category: Fish and game wardens

Total # Employed in the US 7,530
Average Hourly Wage: $26.42/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$14.87 $17.94 $23.46 $28.9 $42.85
Average Yearly Salary $54,950
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$30,920 $37,310 $48,800 $60,110 $89,130
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
4.0% 29.3% 25.1% 9.5% 26.5% 5.0% 0.6%
Fish and game wardens — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Mississippi $32.42/hr $67,430
Colorado $31.6/hr $65,730
New York $29.63/hr $61,620
Kentucky $26.08/hr $54,240
Iowa $25.08/hr $52,160
South Carolina $24.22/hr $50,380
Wisconsin $23.82/hr $49,540
Louisiana $23.76/hr $49,420
Wyoming $23.53/hr $48,950
Alabama $23.06/hr $47,970
Pennsylvania $22.2/hr $46,180
Massachusetts $21.93/hr $45,620
Oregon $21.51/hr $44,740
Missouri $21.07/hr $43,820
New Jersey $20.39/hr $42,420
Michigan $19.55/hr $40,660
Hawaii $18.94/hr $39,400
Maryland $18.89/hr $39,300
Ohio $18.38/hr $38,240
South Dakota $18.26/hr $37,980
West Virginia $17.7/hr $36,820
Idaho $16.39/hr $34,080


Category: Nonfarm animal caretakers

Total # Employed in the US 132,860
Average Hourly Wage: $10.5/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.49 $8.22 $9.4 $11.63 $15.22
Average Yearly Salary $21,830
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$15,590 $17,110 $19,550 $24,190 $31,660
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
10.2% 38.2% 26.6% 8.7% 13.8% 1.6% 1.0%
Nonfarm animal caretakers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indiana $15.02/hr $31,240
Alaska $13.07/hr $27,190
Florida $12.46/hr $25,920
Missouri $11.8/hr $24,550
District of Columbia $11.79/hr $24,530
Connecticut $11.68/hr $24,290
Mississippi $11.61/hr $24,150
Delaware $11.48/hr $23,880
Colorado $11.43/hr $23,780
Virginia $11.28/hr $23,450
North Dakota $11.11/hr $23,120
Ohio $10.82/hr $22,510
Hawaii $10.79/hr $22,440
Oklahoma $10.7/hr $22,250
Kansas $10.59/hr $22,030
Nebraska $10.49/hr $21,810
Michigan $10.48/hr $21,790
Massachusetts $10.47/hr $21,780
Tennessee $10.39/hr $21,610
Idaho $10.38/hr $21,590
Montana $10.35/hr $21,530
Utah $10.34/hr $21,510
Puerto Rico $10.3/hr $21,430
New Hampshire $10.2/hr $21,210
North Carolina $10.19/hr $21,200
Arkansas $10.16/hr $21,140
Wisconsin $10.09/hr $20,980
Oregon $10/hr $20,790
South Carolina $10/hr $20,800
New York $9.98/hr $20,760
New Mexico $9.85/hr $20,500
Guam $9.84/hr $20,460
Louisiana $9.79/hr $20,360
New Jersey $9.79/hr $20,370
Maryland $9.75/hr $20,290
Wyoming $9.72/hr $20,220
Washington $9.64/hr $20,040
Maine $9.63/hr $20,020
Kentucky $9.49/hr $19,730
South Dakota $9.48/hr $19,720
Iowa $9.46/hr $19,670
West Virginia $9.4/hr $19,560
Alabama $9.3/hr $19,350
Pennsylvania $9.28/hr $19,310
Nevada $9.12/hr $18,960
California $8.83/hr $18,360


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