UGA Specific Information for Natural Resource Management and Sustainability

The Natural Resource Management and Sustainability major is suited for students interested in natural resource management but who seek a more flexible curriculum. The curriculum provides a combination of knowledge and skills in biological and ecological sciences, natural resource management, and social sciences needed to address complex natural resource challenges. Graduates frequently take employment with environmental consulting firms, public regulatory agencies, and corporations that utilize natural resources or conservation organizations. The major has three areas of emphasis from which students can choose:

  • Community Forestry and Arboriculture
  • Geospatial Information Science
  • Water and Soil Resources



Class of 2020 Career Outcomes for Natural Resource Management and Sustainability*

** Includes Self-Employed


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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

Strategies to consider during your time at UGA: 

  • An undergraduate degree is sufficient for entry-level recreation positions. A graduate degree may be required for administrative positions and teaching/ research positions at universities and colleges.
  • Obtain summer, part-time, internship or volunteer experience in camps, recreation/fitness centers, social service organizations, tourist attractions, etc.
  • Hone leadership and supervisory skills for coordinating and directing others in various activities.
  • Obtain Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential offered through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification for some positions. Certification in first aid and safety, CPR or lifeguarding may be helpful.
  • Learn to interact effectively with people of various ages, backgrounds and ability levels.
  • Exhibit physical agility, stamina and a motivational spirit. An interest in working outdoors is essential for some positions.
  • Join related professional associations. Attend state/national professional association conferences.
  • Seek knowledge of U.S. and world geography, history, social customs and languages for some opportunities.
  • Consider participating in the Walt Disney College Program.

* © 1996 The University of Tennessee Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1996, Revised 2002, 2004, 2009)

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2020 Natural Resource Management and Sustainability majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Madison County GIS Mapper
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2020 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2020 Natural Resource Management and Sustainability majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Georgia State University Water Science, Master's
University of Georgia Natural Resources Management and Sustainability, Master's
* denotes no responses received.