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This is a small occupation, and most of the openings will arise when older, experienced range managers retire or leave the occupation. In fact, the Society for Range Management reports that it is "concerned about the future management of rangelands' because approximately 25 to 33 percent of rangeland managers are likely to retire within the next 10 years. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts average employment growth through 2018 for conservation scientists and foresters, a category that includes range managers. The need for range managers should be stimulated by a growing demand for wildlife habitats, recreation, and water as well as by an increasing concern for the environment. A greater number of large ranches will employ range managers to improve range management practices and increase output and profitability. Range specialists will also be employed in larger numbers by private industry to reclaim lands damaged by oil and coal exploration. A small number of new jobs will result from the need for range and soil conservationists to provide technical assistance to owners of grazing land through the NRCS.