Park Rangers

Park rangers are responsible for a diverse set of duties, which include law enforcement, education and interpretation, emergency response, maintenance, and administration. Their skillsĀ help care for and maintain national, state, county and city parks. The profession of park ranger often involves the specialization of a discipline. The Department of Labor reports that there are approximately 6,640 fish and game wardens and 29,740 forest and conservation technicians, two occupations that are similar to park rangers, employed in the U.S.

Quick Facts
Duties Protect and manage national, state, county, and city parks by enforcing park laws and managing native and exotic species
Alternate Title(s) Park Naturalists, Forest Rangers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
Experience Internship
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Undergo background check and drug testing
Career Ladder
  • Chief Ranger or District Ranger
  • Lead Park Ranger or Park Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Park Technician
  • Seasonal Park Technician