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thinking about changing majors to one of the two and transferring in. currently a Bio major at JMU and aint really feeling this place...AT ALL. some personal insight would be a nice change from the propaganda of advertisement
"Just gotta keep balling out"
I have had friends in both programs, and you can't go wrong with either. Fisheries really is very interesting, especially if you enjoy biology and chemistry. Less of a chem focus in Wildlife. I didn't major in either, but I only heard good things.
I'm a little confused how a Hoo fan, with pinky up and cardigan, can want to go to VT and major in something Ag related. If you do get in, I suggest joining AGR.
Did you hear Hoo got arrested? Thomas Jefferson would be proud!
All I know is my father loved his wildlife biologist job in Colorado. Can not go wrong with either though.
I'm definitely in the .01% of UVA fans who hunt, fish, and where boots and carharts for their use not looks. a huge concern i had though, on VTs website it says that they highly recommend a masters in both fields; made it seem imperative. surely its an easier major than Bio right?
It's not a whole lot different than biology. You take tons of it, including ecology which I hated. You won't get far with either unless you get a masters as the VT website suggests. The wildlife biologist that work for DGIF all have masters degrees and they make a teacher's salary. Many who graduate from those programs end up in jobs as biologists anyway. Some, especially those without a masters end up as Wildlife officers (Game Wardens) which isn't a bad gig but again, the pay isn't on par with a state police trooper. A very good friend of mine graduated VT with a degree in fisheries and now works as a biologist with Dominion. A very good job that involves some work with fish, but not a fisheries job.
I'm not trying to discourage you, just giving you the facts.
There are plenty of options out there for a wildlife biologist... the State of VA is not the best paying state, other states pay better. Also, there is the private sector, working for an outfit in the hunting industry, managing a game preserve or ranch that offers guided hunts. Those jobs however are not easy to come by.
This post was edited by JLMHokie 18 months ago
thanks dude, i really appreciate it. seems like you either have to get a doctorate or get lucky to get a gravy train job
I retired on Jan 3 with 34 years as a fish and wildlife biologist (the last 25 as a supervisor) and I plan to go back and work part time or consult for the next several years. If you are interested, I'd be happy to talk to you about careers. Give me an email address I'll get back with you and we can set up a phone call. I'm out tomorrow and Fri but should be available early and late next week.
[i tried to send a PM with my contact info so however that works, you might check your email]
This post was edited by daveinop 18 months ago
did you get the pm with the contact info?
I highly recommend the Building Construction program if you have any interest in the field of Construction.
This post was edited by cleake 18 months ago
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