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Career Opportunities in Conservation and the Environment by Paul R. Greenland, Annamarie L. Sheldon

By Paul R. Greenland, Annamarie L. Sheldon

Conservation and environmental jobs account for among 1 and three percentage of overall U.S. employment, and academic ideas for this box have grown considerably in recent times. in keeping with U.S. information & global file, there are actually a few 515 faculties that provide levels in normal assets and conservation fields, 266 that supply environmental sciences courses, and 241 that supply environmental reviews courses. occupation possibilities in Conservation and the surroundings positive factors greater than 70 profiles of careers in those flourishing components. slicing throughout numerous extensive industries-such as agriculture, schooling, engineering, legislation, and science--jobs in conservation and the surroundings are available in such different settings as nonprofits, govt corporations, academic associations, hospitals, utilities, and different private and non-private companies.

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Experienced River Guides working for large organizations that employ multiple guides may be able to advance into managerial or training positions. Many River Guides eventually open their own businesses; however, most gain their initial experience working for another employer. Education and Training A high school diploma is the minimum education requirement for a River Guide; however, before an individual is considered qualified to lead a river tour, some form of specialized training is typically necessary.

Salaries Salaries for Tour Guides vary significantly, depending on their experience, the types of tours they offer, and the size and location of their employers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a Tour Guide in 2004 was $19,280. Guides able to offer a wide variety of tours and travel extensively typically earn more than those situated at a single site. A part-time Tour Guide earns anywhere from minimum wage to $10 per hour, while a beginning full-time Tour Guide typically starts at $20,000 per year; more experienced guides earns up to $30,000 annually.

Owners and operators of River Guide businesses can earn an annual salary of more than $50,000. Employment Prospects Employment for River Guides is expected to grow roughly 12 percent annually until 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Currently, this is considered an average rate of job growth in the United States. Advancement Prospects To gain experience, individuals can look for part-time work assisting a full-fledged River Guide. Part-time or volunteer positions with the Coast Guard might also provide entry into the field, as any experience on local waterways would prove helpful.

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