Schools for Aspiring Wildlife Technicians: How to Choose

Wildlife technicians assist wildlife scientists and conservation managers by gathering data and information on animals and plants in the wild. Read on to learn about things to consider while choosing a wildlife technician program, and to view some schools in the U.S. that offer degrees in this field.

Individuals interested in working as wildlife technicians can find relevant coursework through programs in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology and natural resources, to name a few areas. Programs are available at both 2-year community colleges and at colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Wildlife Technician Programs

These schools offer undergraduate programs for aspiring wildlife technicians:

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition and Fees (In-state, 2015-2016)*
Andrew College Cuthbert, GA 2-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's $14,924
Brigham Young University Rexburg, ID 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $3,830
Clemson University Clemson, SC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $14,272
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $18,730
Delaware State University Dover, DE 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,531
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $4,704
Holmes Community College Goodman, MS 2-year, Public Associate's $2,360
Keystone College La Plume, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's $24,300
Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,502
Shawnee Community College Ullin, IL 2-year, Public Associate's $5,344

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Keep these things in mind as you consider different wildlife technician programs:

  • See which degrees are offered by the schools you are interested in. An associate's degree is often sufficient for becoming a wildlife technician, but a bachelor's degree is preferred.
  • Choose an area of focus that caters to your interests. Wildlife technicians have opportunities to work in a variety of settings including clinical laboratories, municipal zoological gardens, public parks, conservation areas and national wilderness preserves.
  • Internships and fieldwork are crucial for getting hands-on experience as a wildlife technician. Students should ask about school connections with organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state and local park services and departments of forestry and natural resources.

Associate's Degrees in Wildlife Management

Associate's degree programs for wildlife technicians include wildlife and fisheries management, conservation management, forestry management, natural resource management and parks and recreation management majors.

Bachelor's Degrees in Wildlife Management

Bachelor's degree programs in zoology and wildlife biology include a general education foundation, lab science fundamentals and advanced mathematics courses. They also include core courses in biology, zoology, botany and microbiology.

In undergraduate wildlife management programs, students study science and management, and they get practical training so that they are ready for entry-level jobs as technicians.

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