Range Managers

Range Manager in Field

Range managers work to maintain and improve grazing lands on public and private property. They research, develop, and carry out methods to improve and increase the production of forage plants, livestock, and wildlife without damaging the environment; develop and carry out plans for water facilities, erosion control, and soil treatments; restore rangelands that have been damaged by fire, pests, and undesirable plants; and manage the upkeep of range improvements, such as fences, corrals, and reservoirs. Approximately 36,000 conservation scientists, including range managers, are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Range Conservationists, Range Ecologists, Range Scientists
Duties Manage and conserve prairies, grasslands, deserts, alpine, savanna, marshes, and some types of forests
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are primarily available in the western United States (including Alaska)
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
Experience Previous experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant, or Researcher, or Professor
  • Manager or Supervisor
  • Experienced Range Manager
  • Entry-Level Range Manager