Conservation, Associate in Science Degree

Program Description for Conservation Degree

Students interested in a career in Conservation have two options from which to choose.

Muscatine Community College's Conservation Program provides a solid foundation with classes in such areas as Environmental Science, Fisheries and Wildlife Habitat Management. Students receive hands-on training with both Wilderness and Employment Experiences during the summer.

The Natural Resource Management program is a partnership between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) and Western Illinois University - Quad Cities (WIU-QC). Students take classes both at the WIU-QC campus and EICC's Nahant Marsh Education Center, a 262-acre nature preserve on the Mississippi River.

Award Options for Conservation Degree

  • Associate in Applied Science - Conservation Technology

Job Outlook for Conservation Degree

Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is expected to grow by five percent during the 2010-20 decade, slower than average for all occupations. A majority of conservation scientists and foresters are employed by Federal, State, and local governments, and a large percentage of new jobs will be found in these areas. Median annual wages of conservation scientists in May 2010 were $59,310.

The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $89,440. Median annual wages of foresters in 2010 were $53,750. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,670, and the top 10 percent earned more than $75,540.

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