Career Opportunities in the MCM Program

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Graduates of the Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) are uniquely prepared to become leaders in many critical areas of conservation medicine. Whether they enter the work force, advance to higher degrees, or pursue research, they do so with both the knowledge and hands-on experience to succeed, and the collaboration skills and appreciation of One Health initiatives to make a difference.

The dynamic MCM curriculum and collaboration with an impressive multidisciplinary team of faculty make graduates of this program more competitive for admission to doctoral level programs, fellowships, and internships, as well as for positions in many areas of conservation, wildlife and natural resources management, public health, and international development:

  • Conservation and health research scientists
  • Communication and advocacy specialists
  • Wildlife managers and veterinarians
  • Environmental engineers
  • Instructors and educators
  • Policy advisors
  • Scientific consultants
  • Program officers and managers in government, industry or academia

The job outlook for environmental scientists, specialists, engineers, and technicians is excellent. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an employment growth of 15–19 percent from 2012–2022, faster than the average for all occupations through 2022. It predicts, “Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.”

Employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022 (BLS). More zoologists and wildlife biologists will be needed to research, develop, and carry out management and conservation plans that combat threats to wildlife and their habitats, such as population growth, development, and climate change. The data suggests that environmental, wildlife, and conservation sciences will see overall growth and increased job opportunities over the next decade.

Jobs in the health sciences careers are projected to grow between 13 and 30 percent from 2012 to 2022 (BLS). It predicts, “An increased reliance on pharmaceuticals, a larger and aging population, and a greater understanding of biological processes are all factors that are expected to increase demand for medical scientists” (BLS). In addition, emerging challenges in global health and new discoveries in research should open additional opportunities in the health sciences.

Our alumni enjoy diverse positions in multiple fields where they are enhancing the health and well-being of animals, people, and the environment