Wildlife Sciences have gained popularity as the means to generate a balance between the wildlife population and the human demands. The young and passionate have decided to venture into the wilds to protect, manage and preserve the wild life. The sector has been of great interest for the state and centre governments and various NGO’s and other organisations have decided to invest in the field. There are numerous Wildlife courses available to students interested in making a career out of it. Aspiring wildlife professionals can choose from a large range of certificate, diploma, graduate and postgraduate programs offered in the subject.
The postgraduate course i.e. M.Sc. in Wildlife Science is a 2-year full time program that is divided into four semesters. Eligibility criterion for applying in the M.Sc. program includes a passing Bachelor’s degree in any relevant stream of Science or Social Science or Engineering.
Some of the top colleges offering master’s programs in Wildlife Sciences are:
Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune Course Offered: M.Sc. in Wildlife Conservation Action
Amity Institute of Forestry and Wildlife, Noida Course Offered: M.Sc. In Wildlife Science
National Center for Biological Sciences (part of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Bangalore Course Offered: MSc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation
North Orissa University, Baripada Course Offered: MSc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation
Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun Course Offered: M.Sc. In Wildlife Science
A good Wildlife program equips a student with the knowledge to understand the science of wildlife conservation and helps integrate it with the social issues in managing and mitigating wildlife conflict and natural resource management. After the completion of the program the candidate is capable to conduct research and intensive field work in the subject. Some of the career options after completion of this course are:
• Wildlife Technician or Wildlife Associate: It is an entry level career opportunity that allows a student to work alongside other wildlife and environmental conservation professionals such as, wildlife biologists, researchers, etc. for information gathering, wildlife monitoring, habitat protection, observing or tagging wild animals, and gathering specimen.
• Wildlife Scientist: A wildlife scientist studies the wildlife in their natural habitat and their interactions with each other. They try to understand the biological processes involving the wildlife sciences. While they may conduct their research in and outside a wildlife habitat, they in general work on the gaining an insight into the animal behaviors and their surroundings. Scientists may dedicate themselves to a particular specialty and be classified into a surrogate title like, marine biologist, wildlife biologist, zoologist, ecologist, etc.
• Environmental Consultant: A Consultant in Environmental issues helps an organization pave a path between development and diminution of wildlife sources. They are often referred as natural resources conservationist and are employed by both private and government agencies.
• Wildlife Managers: A Wildlife Manager mainly works with the state and central government for taking care of public lands. They keep track of wildlife population, supervise hunting, and ensure that the wildlife population has a safe and suitable habitat. They are responsible for ensuring that no animal is over hunted and when an animal is threatened they work to preserve their welfare.