Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-1031 Conservation Scientists
Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands from fire and rodent damage. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Exclude "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023) and "Foresters" (19-1032).
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Monitor forestry and conservation activities to assure compliance with government regulations. Establish plans for managing forest lands and resources. Supervise activities of other forestry and conservation workers. Choose and prepare sites for new trees using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear land. Negotiate terms and conditions for forest harvesting and land-use contracts. Direct and participate in forest-fire suppression. Determine ways to remove timber with minimum environmental damage. Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are suitable for future use.
License: The applicant should contact the State Board of Registration for Professional Soil Classifiers for application forms, procedures, and examination schedules. Temporary permits may be issued to non-residents or persons who have recently become residents, for specific jobs and for specific periods of time, not to exceed 30 days in any calendar year. Application Fee: $100.00 Initial Registration Fee: $40.00 Temporary Permits: $40.00 Re-examination Fee: $10.00
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $25.27   Entry $52,544.00
Mean $36.13   Mean $75,143.00
Experience $41.56 Experience $86,452.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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