All About Range Managers
Occupation Description Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
Daily Life Of a Range Manager
- Plan and direct construction and maintenance of range improvements such as fencing, corrals, stock-watering reservoirs and soil-erosion control structures.
- Measure and assess vegetation resources for biological assessment companies, environmental impact statements, and rangeland monitoring programs.
- Offer advice to rangeland users on water management, forage production methods, and control of brush.
- Develop new and improved instruments and techniques for activities such as range reseeding.
- Study forage plants and their growth requirements to determine varieties best suited to particular range.
- Study rangeland management practices and research range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
Range Manager Required Skills
When polled, Range Managers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:
Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Related Job Titles for this Occupation:
- Resources Management Specialist
- Real Estate Management Specialist
- Grassland Conservationist
- Aquatic Habitat Biologist
- Resource Specialist
Range Manager Job Outlook
There were about 22,300 jobs for Range Manager in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,400 new jobs for Range Manager by 2026. There will be an estimated 2,000 positions for Range Manager per year.
The states with the most job growth for Range Manager are Colorado, New Hampshire, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, New Mexico, or Maryland. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
Average Range Managers Salary
The salary for Range Managers ranges between about $34,020 and $98,450 a year.
Range Managers who work in Connecticut, Alaska, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.
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What Tools do Range Managers Use?
Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Range Managers may use on a daily basis:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Access
- Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
- The MathWorks MATLAB
- Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
- Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
- ESRI ArcGIS software
- Data mining software
- Geographic resources analysis support system GRASS
- GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP
Becoming a Range Manager
Are there Range Managers education requirements?
What work experience do I need to become a Range Manager?
Where do Range Managers Work?
The table below shows the approximate number of Range Managers employed by various industries.
Those interested in being a Range Manager may also be interested in:
- Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
- Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Career changers with experience as a Range Manager sometimes find work in one of the following fields:
Image Credit: Lynn Betts via Photo by Lynn Betts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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