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How do I Become a Range Manager?

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  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: Kristen Osborne
  • Last Modified Date: 12 May 2018
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A person who wants to become a range manager will need to go to college for a degree in land management, environmental science, or a related field in addition to obtaining experience working on rangelands. People interested in these careers will need to be prepared for long hours in the field, work in potentially harsh climates, and cooperating with livestock professionals and scientists. Rates of pay are dependent on the level of qualification a range manager has achieved and can include benefits such as housing.

A prospective range manager can start in high school by taking math and science classes. If a high school offers advanced placement classes or has an agreement with a local college to allow students to take classes there, students can get ahead on their prerequisites by taking these courses. Someone wants to become a range manager might also want to look into work experience opportunities with working range managers, people who care for livestock, or conservation scientists while they are in high school.

In college, classes relating to land and livestock management, ecology, conservation, and environmental science are all advisable. Some colleges specifically offer range management degrees and these are an excellent choice for someone who wants to become a range manager. While in college, students should also plan on taking internships and job opportunities that will expose them to field work and give them experience with livestock. This work experience will be valuable when applying for jobs.

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After graduation, some people can get a job with a bachelor's degree in range management or a related field. Others may choose to pursue a master's degree. Having a graduate degree will provide people with more employment opportunities. Someone who wants to become a range manager with a government agency may find that a master's degree is required for advancement and for many working positions. Advanced degrees also provide people with opportunities to be involved in research to generate new techniques and policies for the range management community.

Once someone has become a range manager, it is advisable to join a professional organization. Professional organizations provide opportunities for networking, continuing education, and accessing information about job listings. Because these organizations have strict standards for members, they also serve as a qualification and recommendation when it comes to applying for jobs. Prospective employers tend to prefer members of professional organizations, as they demonstrate a commitment to excellence and high ethical standards.

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