||Overview of Natural Resources Management
Australia's natural resources contribute significantly to the economy and a careful balance has to be struck between protecting the environment and developing its resources.
Natural resources courses are designed to prepare you for a career in the management of land, water and natural resources such as minerals, coal and oil. Natural resources management courses are sometimes also known as land conservational or environmental management courses.
Studying Natural Resources Management
Natural resources management courses are offered as certificate, diploma and degree programmes.
Natural resources management and environmental management certificate and diploma courses are often offered as correspondence learning programmes by private colleges or at Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. Short certificate courses in natural resources management can last between five to eight weeks.
Natural resources management diplomas are also offered as two to three year programmes at TAFE institutions while the undergraduate programmes take between three to four years to complete.
Natural resources management courses cover a range of subjects, including biology and environmental studies, as well as natural resources mining such as salt, minerals and coal.
For those who have completed their undergraduate study, environmental management Masters and PhDs are available at some institutions.
Careers in Natural Resources Management
Natural resources management graduates can seek employment with the government or at private organisations dealing in natural resources or environmental consultancy.
Diploma holders in natural resource management are able to find jobs as park keepers, zookeepers, or environment management officers, among other roles.
Higher education graduates can seek management opportunities in the public and private sectors, including agriculture, marine life and fisheries management, waste management and wildlife management.
Mining, power and energy companies also require specialists in natural resources management.
Skills needed in Natural Resources Management
You need to have good observation, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment