With a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, there are many paths to careers that conserve fish, wildlife, and habitat. Some are field or research-based. Others involve public education, animal husbandry, or law enforcement. Depending on your interests, you can find a path that will match your strengths and passions.

  • Do like doing practical, hands-on activities outdoors, and solving problems? Then being a field wildlife or fisheries biologist might be for you.
  • Do you want to understand how living systems work or why animals behave the way they do? Then being a research biologist might be for you.
  • Are you concerned with the welfare of animals and want to take care of them? Then maybe a keeper, trainer or aquarist career is for you.
  • Do you like teaching adults or kids, interested in conservation and like being in a camp, nature center or park? Then maybe a naturalist path is a good fit for you.
  • Are you interested in protecting and conserving fish and wildlife through law enforcement? Then maybe a game warden or federal law enforcement position is for you.
  • Are you interested in raising fish or shellfish for commercial use or conservation? Then maybe a career in hatchery management or aquaculture is for you.

Who Employs Us? 

This graph is derived from a survey of 250 students (undergraduate and graduate) who graduated between 2009-2011; 51 of our undergraduates responded, 48 were employed. For more information about the success of our students after graduation, please review our survey of graduates

Wage Information

Explore the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics website under Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations for information on wages. Please note that the salary information on the mean hourly wage shown is for people with full-time work and who have a master’s degree or PhD or more than five years of work experience. When you first start out after obtaining your bachelor’s degree, you are more likely to make what those in the 10% percentile as zoologists and wildlife biologists make or the lower percentiles of hourly wages that Life, Physical and Social Science Technicians make.

You can also find employment statistics for all other related positions such as education and law enforcement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics site. For more information about the success of our students after graduation, please review our survey of graduates

Math and Science Not Your Strength?

If you are interested in animals but don't wish to pursue a science degree, there are many jobs in zoos, educational organizations, environmental non-profits and other organizations that don't involve animals at all, but let you be around them, or support their conservation as educators, writers, fundraisers, managers, event coordinators, and artists.

Find the right career for you!

Want to know more about various career paths related to your interests in fisheries and/or wildlife? Check out these career profiles from EcoCanada. This site offers a comprehensive overview of career paths even though some information, such as salary, is specific to working in Canada.

Graduating and looking for a Job? 

Students looking for a job can peruse our Job Board list, check our FW Job Board and sign up for our OSU FW job listserv that is distributed as a weekly digest to subscribers. 

Want to know about career paths with federal agencies?