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Range Manager

Overview: Range managers analyze tracts of land to determine the number and kind of livestock that can most profitably be grazed and bred on those lands. They plan and direct the construction of range fencing, corrals and reservoirs for livestock watering and soil conservation control.
Duties: They conduct research and experiments in range problems to determine how variations in range plants, soil condition and climates alters the ability to sustain livestock and wildlife.

They plan and direct construction of range improvements such as reservoirs for livestock watering, land grading & structures to control soil erosion. Redirect stream beds to prevent flooding.

They conduct experiments to develop improved methods for the reseeding of ranges that have been depleted by grazing animals. Develop methods for controlling range fires.

Statistically analyze data regarding livestock health, weight, quality of meat and reproduction to determine which foraging plants and topography optimize livestock production.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of range managers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. In recent years, the prevention and mitigation of wildfires has become the primary concern for government agencies managing forests and rangelands and Increases in funding and new programs will create new opportunities for range managers. Restoring lands affected by fires also will be a major task, particularly in the southwestern and western States, where such fires are most common.
Salary Range (National Average): $25,000 to $33,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's or associate degree in ecology, forestry, biology, agronomy or environmental science is the minimum educational requirement for careers in this field. Some states have mandatory licensing or registration requirements that involves passing an examination.
Recommended Skills:
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.