Undergraduate Major Details

Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology major is in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
UC Davis Animal Biology Graduate Group
UC Davis Center for Animal Welfare (CAW)
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
UC Davis Dining Services - Sustainability and Nutrition Office
UC Davis Geography Graduate Group
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC)
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)
UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Client Services
Wild Campus
Wildlife Care Association

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 61 25 41.0%
2013-14 68 25 36.8%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 40.0% 36.0% 20.0% 4.0%
2013-14 50.0% 12.5% 12.5% 25.0%
2014-15 40.0% 20.0% 30.0% 10.0%
2015-16 30.6% 36.1% 22.2% 11.1%
2016-17 35.7% 21.4% 21.4% 21.4%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
California Dept of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid
City of Davis Teen Activity Specialist
East West Training Assistant Trainer (Horses)
Greenstone Environmental Services Environmental Administrator
Joseph W Jones Ecological Research Center Research Hourly
National Park Service Biological Technician
National Park Service Intern
Premier Staffing inc. Account Director
The Nature Conservancy Research Intern
United States Dept of Agriculture Biological Technician
United States Environmental Protection Agency Scientist
United States Geological Survey Biological Technician
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
Wildcare Wildlife Assistant
WJUSD, DJUSD Substitute Teacher

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-15 $28,444 $28,000
2015-17 $30,666 $28,000