Many positions in the fish and wildlife conservation field, especially the more challenging ones, require education beyond the bachelor degree level.

Generally, these positions offer greater opportunities for advancement. They include positions in research, teaching, management and administration. At an early date in your training, consider the desirability of taking graduate studies to secure a master's or doctor's degree. You should discuss the matter with your advisor and school dean.

Undergraduate grades are important. Most universities require a B grade, or 3 point average, of the undergraduate for acceptance into graduate school . The well-trained person holds the advantages for professional opportunities of the future. The more exciting and challenging positions also are those which entail greater responsibilities. These, too, offer more opportunities for advancement and often are most available to those with more thorough and specialized training.

In-service training, job experience and formal education beyond the bachelor's degree level all help to elevate the individual's professional competence. Graduate study is particularly important in research or highly technical work. Thus, the conscientious student of natural resource conservation must give serious thought to the role of graduate study in career planning.

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