Washington College, Chestertown, MD
A Joint Program of Maryland Ornithological Society and The Washington College Center for Environment and Society
[ Program Not Offered for 2017 ]
Careers in avian or bird study span a wide variety of responsibilities. Check the table below for representative examples. Job title, experience needed and position locale are listed for each. Some require more education than others, and some will expose you to the great outdoors, while others are conducted indoors. The large number of choices ensures that just about anyone can find a career suited to his or her needs and abilities. Many careers require a background in biology with additional specialization. Although few colleges and universities actually offer comprehenisve ornithological specialties (Louisiana State and Cornell Universities come immediately to mind), specialized coursework in bird study is possible at any university where there are professors willing to teach it. So, if you are interested in the field, consider discussing your plans with a member of the biology department at those schools that you might like to attend.
Many members of MOS work in the fields listed below and we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can advise you further. Send a note to the Webmaster if you are interested.