Assessment result details

Natural Resources

People with these jobs develop natural resources through forestry, conservation, energy, and extraction operations.

Natural Sciences Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Annual Wage
$181,958.40
Top Entry-level Education
a Bachelor's degree
49.97%
a Master's or Professional degree
17.09%
a Doctoral degree or more
32.93%

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.
Annual Wage
$76,910.80
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
0.99%
a Bachelor's degree
46.60%
a Master's or Professional degree
39.03%
a Doctoral degree or more
13.38%

Soil and Water Conservationists

Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use.
Annual Wage
$79,655.48
Top Entry-level Education
a certificate
4.76%
some college
4.76%
an Associate degree
14.29%
a Bachelor's degree
66.67%
a Master's or Professional degree
9.52%

Range Managers

Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
Annual Wage
$79,655.48
Top Entry-level Education
an Associate degree
9.73%
a Bachelor's degree
81.13%
a Master's or Professional degree
9.15%

Park Naturalists

Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.
Annual Wage
$79,655.48
Top Entry-level Education
a Bachelor's degree
94.85%
a Master's or Professional degree
5.15%

Foresters

Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.
Annual Wage
$72,813.13
Top Entry-level Education
a certificate
6.39%
some college
5.57%
an Associate degree
6.51%
a Bachelor's degree
81.28%
a Master's or Professional degree
0.24%

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Annual Wage
$92,273.10
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
0.64%
some college
0.73%
a Bachelor's degree
69.92%
a Master's or Professional degree
28.28%
a Doctoral degree or more
0.43%

Geophysical Data Technicians

Measure, record, or evaluate geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. May collect or evaluate core samples or cuttings.
Annual Wage
$61,196.14
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
13.60%
a certificate
5.79%
some college
4.91%
an Associate degree
18.27%
a Bachelor's degree
29.30%
a Master's or Professional degree
28.13%

Geological Sample Test Technicians

Test or analyze geological samples, crude oil, or minerals to detect presence of petroleum, gas, or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration or production or to determine physical or chemical properties to ensure that products meet quality standards.
Annual Wage
$61,196.14
Top Entry-level Education
some college
9.52%
an Associate degree
9.52%
a Bachelor's degree
52.38%
a Master's or Professional degree
28.57%

Forest and Conservation Technicians

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.
Annual Wage
$39,612.72
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
35.31%
a certificate
4.57%
some college
10.42%
an Associate degree
34.89%
a Bachelor's degree
14.82%

Fish and Game Wardens

Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.
Annual Wage
$84,239.99
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
13.77%
a certificate
0.55%
some college
1.95%
an Associate degree
4.39%
a Bachelor's degree
79.35%

First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.
Annual Wage
$46,356.29
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
76.32%
a certificate
3.59%
a Bachelor's degree
20.08%

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Use nets, fishing rods, traps, or other equipment to catch and gather fish or other aquatic animals from rivers, lakes, or oceans, for human consumption or other uses. May haul game onto ship.
Annual Wage
$44,501.86
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
74.48%
a certificate
9.98%
some college
6.13%
an Associate degree
0.39%
a Bachelor's degree
9.03%

Forest and Conservation Workers

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.
Annual Wage
$30,307.99
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
13.64%
a certificate
1.85%
some college
12.04%
an Associate degree
14.45%
a Bachelor's degree
58.01%

Fallers

Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.
Annual Wage
$67,441.09
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
100.00%

Logging Equipment Operators

Drive logging tractor or wheeled vehicle equipped with one or more accessories such as bulldozer blade, frontal shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack, or crane boom, to fell tree; to skid, load, unload, or stack logs; or to pull stumps or clear brush.
Annual Wage
$49,460.23
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
99.11%
a certificate
0.89%

Log Graders and Scalers

Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.
Annual Wage
$42,446.71
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
75.41%
a certificate
10.99%
some college
11.64%
an Associate degree
1.96%

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
Annual Wage
$76,413.38
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
42.74%
a certificate
27.04%
some college
7.84%
an Associate degree
11.88%
a Bachelor's degree
10.49%

Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas

Rig derrick equipment and operate pumps to circulate mud through drill hole.
Annual Wage
$55,614.02
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
91.45%
a certificate
4.94%
an Associate degree
3.60%

Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.
Annual Wage
$72,310.16
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
59.85%
a certificate
9.08%
some college
22.15%
a Bachelor's degree
8.91%

Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.
Annual Wage
$57,071.63
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
100.00%

Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
Annual Wage
$51,416.87
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
87.84%
a certificate
12.15%

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Includes seismograph shooters.
Annual Wage
$51,416.87
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
66.67%
a certificate
20.83%
some college
8.33%
an Associate degree
4.17%

Continuous Mining Machine Operators

Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.
Annual Wage
$48,855.93
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
85.23%
a certificate
9.64%
some college
5.13%

Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators

Operate machinery such as longwall shears, plows, and cutting machines to cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines, stone quarries, or other mining surfaces to facilitate blasting, separating, or removing minerals or materials from mines or from the Earth's surface. Includes shale planers.
Annual Wage
$56,067.83
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
87.71%
a certificate
5.28%
some college
7.02%

Rock Splitters, Quarry

Separate blocks of rough dimension stone from quarry mass using jackhammer and wedges.
Annual Wage
$39,866.96
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
81.02%
a Master's or Professional degree
18.98%

Roof Bolters, Mining

Operate machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mine.
Annual Wage
$104,348.49
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
100.00%

Roustabouts, Oil and Gas

Assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. Perform other tasks as needed.
Annual Wage
$38,319.28
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
89.77%
some college
10.23%

Helpers--Extraction Workers

Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.
Annual Wage
$47,180.79
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
96.59%
a certificate
1.71%
an Associate degree
1.71%

Commercial Divers

Work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.
Annual Wage
$53,765.27
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
7.70%
a certificate
72.40%
some college
3.30%
an Associate degree
11.57%
a Bachelor's degree
5.02%

Geothermal Technicians

Perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitor and control operating activities at geothermal power generation facilities and perform maintenance and repairs as necessary. Install, test, and maintain residential and commercial geothermal heat pumps.
Annual Wage
$43,614.34
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
65.75%
a certificate
20.48%
some college
12.25%
an Associate degree
1.52%

Conveyor Operators and Tenders

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.
Annual Wage
$37,391.97
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
94.36%
a certificate
0.54%
some college
5.10%

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
Annual Wage
$54,890.86
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
94.29%
a certificate
5.71%

Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

Operate underground loading machine to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttle or mine car or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.
Annual Wage
$81,004.22
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
100.00%

Wellhead Pumpers

Operate power pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flow of oil or gas from wells in oil field.
Annual Wage
$48,844.15
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
81.72%
a certificate
10.90%
an Associate degree
7.38%

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.
Annual Wage
$51,964.71
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
95.57%
a certificate
2.22%
a Bachelor's degree
2.22%

Mine Shuttle Car Operators

Operate diesel or electric-powered shuttle car in underground mine to transport materials from working face to mine cars or conveyor.
Annual Wage
$81,004.22
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
85.76%
a certificate
14.24%

Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.
Annual Wage
$52,267.55
Top Entry-level Education
a high school diploma or less
93.43%
a certificate
3.89%
some college
0.91%
a Bachelor's degree
1.76%