Erosion and Sediment Control

Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation or sound land use. Build a career in erosion and sediment control.

work in erosion and sediment controlWhat Does a Career in Erosion and Sediment Control Look Like?

Interested in farm and ranch land use? Concerned about sustainability practices? Get involved in urban development, land use, land reclamation and conservation with a career in erosion and sediment control.

Conservationists in this speciality field do some or all of the following:

  • Implement soil or water management techniques, such as nutrient management, erosion control, buffers or filter strips, in accordance with erosion and sediment control strategies.
  • Monitor projects during or after construction to ensure projects conform to regulations and sustainability efforts.  
  • Advise land users and developers regarding soil sustainability best practices.
  • Develop or maintain working relationships with local government staff or board members.  

What Education is Required to Build a Career in Erosion and Sediment Control?

Most erosion and sediment control jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and many require a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate.

Many professionals find that they are only qualified to do part of the job because they don’t have the credentials required. They work for a few years, but find they cannot be promoted because the next step requires an engineering degree. The engineering degree allows them to do the design work rather than just the installation. The engineer can sign (“seal”) legal documents once they become a licensed Professional Engineer.

Find out if a master’s degree or graduate level certificate will give you the credentials required for job advancement. Our online graduate programs are designed to accommodate a working professional’s busy schedule, making it possible to work full-time and get the advanced degree or certificate you need.

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Related Erosion and Sediment Control Job Titles

The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates of advanced biological agricultural degree and certificate programs qualify for:

  • Erosion Control Specialist
  • Land Manager
  • Land Reclamation Specialist
  • Land Resource Specialist
  • Resource Conservation Specialist
  • Soil Conservationist

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Erosion and Sediment Control Salary and Forecast

Those working in this field earn a national median salary of $59,070 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 11.1%.

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