Soil Conservationist

Career Overview

A soil conservationist works with property owners to determine how to use land without damaging it. They may help communities overcome problems after fires or erosion-related issues as well as work with farmers to improve their land.


A four-year bachelor's degree in environmental science or a related degree is required to obtain this position. A graduate degree (master's or doctorate) in a similar field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, may be required to work in research.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$45,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Work Environment

Soil conservationists typically work for the government. This work requires a lot of outdoor work while gathering soil samples.

Future Outlook

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada