Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services
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Natural resources law enforcement and protective services is a program that prepares individuals to enforce natural resource and environmental protection regulations and laws; and to perform emergency duties to protect human life, property and natural resources, including fire prevention and control measures, and emergency and rescue procedures. includes instruction in natural and physical sciences, natural resource management, outdoor field skills, firearms and outdoor equipment and vehicle operation, evidence collection and environmental sampling and monitoring, natural resource legislation, environmental compliance techniques, patrol procedures, investigation and report writing, interpersonal skills and crisis intervention, community liaison, public safety, public education, and public relations. note: this program was re-instated after being deleted from cip 2000; previously, it was coded as 03.0203.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in natural resources law enforcement and protective services at each level last year.
0501001500-1 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate Cert
People with this degree have gone on to work in these careers
First-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesFirefightersForest Fire Inspectors and Prevention SpecialistsFish and Game WardensPolice and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
undefined majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all natural resources law enforcement and protective services graduates from this last academic year.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 97% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in natural resources law enforcement and protective services earned in the last academic year, 24% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 77% of other programs.
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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$31K$0$10K$20K$30K$40KBachelor's Degree
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$23K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor's Degree
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What careers are recommended with this degree?

Is this degree preparing you for a career with a salary you want? Are there lots of openings in the near future? The Department of Education suggests these careers as a starting list, and Ididio hopes that if the career you're most interested in doesn't appear here, you will head over to our careers site and learn more about paths to your best career.

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Salary Spread
Salary distribution for people in this occupation
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
How much school?
Education level of people in this occupation
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Employed
The number of people employed in this occupation
Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment for this occupation in 10 years
Annual Job Openings
The projected average number of job openings per year
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$0$200K$61K
687,100
5.0%
52,900
Firefighters
$0$200K$50K
332,400
5.3%
25,000
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
$0$200K$22K
151,800
7.0%
39,000
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$0$200K$89K
121,600
4.8%
8,300
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$0$200K$82K
110,700
2.5%
7,500
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$0$200K$76K
68,000
5.3%
4,800
Fish and Game Wardens
$0$200K$58K
6,400
1.7%
500
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
$0$200K$40K
2,200
24.1%
300
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What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer natural resources law enforcement and protective services degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Ball State University
IN
17,339
19.4
$13,642
75%
56%
Central Lakes College - Brainerd
MN
2,562
34.4
$12,173
61%
37%
Finger Lakes Community College
NY
4,031
34.7
$9,863
54%
30%
Holmes Community College
MS
4,872
34.3
$5,723
41%
21%
Skagit Valley College
WA
3,697
36.5
$8,641
60%
34%
Texas Tech University
TX
28,943
21.4
$15,531
81%
59%
Unity College
ME
695
16.7
$26,614
78%
59%
Vermilion Community College
MN
573
29.3
$11,383
64%
39%
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Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services is part of a larger collection of programs: Natural Resources & Conservation. Is there a different program that's close to Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

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Gender
Men
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Race/Origin
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