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Careers Involving Nature & Travel

Traveling can often involve nature, whether for recreation or business. We discuss a few different jobs that often involve both traveling and nature, and examine job duties, salaries and education requirements of each one.

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Career Options Involving Nature and Travel

There are several different career options that involve nature and travel. Some of these careers require travel to study various aspects of nature, while others combine the enjoyment of travel and nature for leisure. Below is a table that provides information about a handful of these jobs involving nature and travel.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists $60,520 4%
Photographers $34,070 3%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists $68,910 11%
Travel Guides $32,100 0% (No change)
Conservation Scientists $61,810 7%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Careers Involving Nature and Travel

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and their ecosystems, which are all a part of nature. They may need to travel to various locations, sometimes across the world, to observe and conduct experiments with particular species. Some of these scientists may focus on studying animal behavior, social interactions, human impact on their habitats and more. Much of their work can be used to help improve the conservation efforts of a particular species and may be presented in research papers, reports and presentations. Zoologists and wildlife biologists generally need a Ph.D. for independent research or academia, but jobs are available for those with a bachelor's or master's degree.

Photographers

While not all photographers take pictures of nature, some may specialize in this area. As they photograph nature, they may also be required to travel (sometimes to exotic locations) to photograph particular animals, plants and natural scenes or landscapes. Photographers usually use digital cameras, lighting techniques and special photo-enhancing software to create the images they desire. Most photographers also have a professional portfolio that demonstrates some of their work and is used to attract potential clients. Many aspiring photographers do not need to have a formal education, but some may pursue a bachelor's degree in order to learn the craft and increase their chances in the job market.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Similar to zoologists and wildlife biologists, environmental scientists and specialists may be required to travel near or far to conduct fieldwork in nature. Their work involves the collection of air, plants, soil and other natural samples to test for pollution and other contaminants, in order to evaluate and monitor the overall environmental health of a particular area. Once samples are analyzed, these scientists may develop and provide policymakers and/or clients with ideas and plans on how to correct and prevent future environmental issues in the area. Their work not only helps the environment, but protects human health as a result. Environmental scientists and specialists need a bachelor's degree, usually in a natural science.

Travel Guides

Travel guides perform many of the same administrative duties as travel agents, such as arranging transportation, accommodations and itineraries for their clients. However, travel guides typically participate in the travel, provide tours and accompany clients on excursions. Depending on the area, many of their tours and excursions could be in natural areas, such as forests, beaches, lakes and more. Travel guides are also used by organizations to evaluate particular services to see if attractions should be used in the future. These professionals learn on-the-job and usually have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Conservation Scientists

Although conservation scientists may not travel extensively, their work heavily involves nature. These scientists may need to travel locally, or they might have the opportunity to travel to further locations as they work to manage and protect natural areas and resources. Conservation scientists must make sure the activities they oversee do not conflict with any local, state or federal regulations concerning areas like forests, parks and rangelands. They often need to collaborate with landowners, government officials and more to provide the best practices and solutions for the sustainability of natural resources in these areas. Most conservation scientists have at least a bachelor's degree, but some hold a master's or Ph.D.

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