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.