Career Details

Park Ranger

Career Overview

Park rangers are responsible for protecting the property within national parks. They may patrol trails and campgrounds to make sure that guests are following all fire and safety guidelines. They may also conduct tours for the park for park guests. In some instances, they may even need to conduct search-and-rescue missions for lost campers.


Completing a two-year program or a four-year bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Environmental Science, Forestry, or a related field may be necessary to obtain these positions. Two-year programs are typically offered through colleges.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$30,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Foreign Languages
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Park rangers work for national parks and forest preserves. They work both indoors and outdoors, so they will be exposed to a variety of weather conditions. This work may be seasonal in some areas. It also may require some heavy lifting at times.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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