Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Range managers or range conservationists are a type of conservation scientist who protect rangelands while maximizing their use. In general, they manage, improve and protect our country’s natural resources, negotiating terms of us, create management plans, and work with private landowners, governments, farmers, and others to manager resources. Range managers deal with hundreds of millions of acres, especially in the western U.S. and Alaska. They manage ranch lands the federal government rents to ranchers while maintaining soil stability and vegetation for local wildlife. Range managers will inventory the resources in an area and restore degraded ecosystems. Most range managers will work for the federal government, while others with work for organizations or as contractors. They tend to split their time between offices and the outdoors.
Geographers at work: Physical geographers, Environmental geographers, GIS and remote sensing specialists
Recommended College Courses: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Advanced GIS, Remote Sensing, Introduction to Physical Geography, Environmental Management, Introduction in Environmental Geography, Natural Resource Use and Management, Regional Field Studies, Landscape Biogeography, Parks and Protected Places, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation
Skills: GIS, Remote sensing, Geospatial technology, Resource management, Quantitative and field methods, Environmental Mapping and modeling, Field methods, Location and landscape analysis
Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science
Learn more about Range Managers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/conservation-scientists.htm#tab-2