With the world constantly changing, the field of Fish of Wildlife Management is busy. Majors in this field learn about the many issues wild animals face – losing their homes to shopping malls or being wiped out by a new breed of bugs that unexpected migrated into the neighborhood. Fish and Wildlife Management majors first get familiar with all the issues, then jump in looking for solutions.
Fish and Wildlife Management majors like animals, but not necessarily in the way that they have bears and beavers for pets. Rather, they respect animals in their natural environment. They also love the outdoors and enjoy spending time in nature.
Fish and Wildlife Management majors are critical thinkers. Their day-to-day decisions can have big impacts – like, entire species can die off if they don’t play their cards right. They have good reasoning skills, and a good head for science.
If you swerve after deer in your car just for kicks, then (a) you’re stupid, because that could really do some damage to you and your car, and (b) definitely not cut out for a career in Fish and Wildlife Management.
Do you cry every time the deer gets shot in “Bambi”? You’ll learn in this major how hunting impacts animal populations for good and bad. You’ll also learn plenty of biology and environmental science.
Some Fish and Wildlife Management majors find jobs with the government through the Fish and Game department. There’s also work in wildlife refuges or in research.
Be sure to take high school biology and math classes seriously. You’ll use that background more than you’d think.
Look for an internship or a summer volunteer program. You’ll never regret spending the time out in the field, even if it’s unpaid.