Profile and Employment Trends of Fish and Wildlife Technicians from Several Southeastern States

Names and addresses of currently employed technicians were obtained from fish and wildlife agencies of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Surveys (N = 355) were mailed to these individuals; 185 (52%) were returned. This information was used to develop a profile of "the technician" employed by the surveyed states. Technicians were ≥36 years old (36%), had at least 1 educational degree beyond high school (57%), had previous agricultural experience prior to employment (68%), desired additional equipment operation and maintenance experience prior to employment (24%), desired additional biological or wildlife courses prior to employment (28%), had technician as their career goal (68%), earned ≥$18,OOO/year (47%), and were satisfied with their jobs (50%). Forty-nine percent of the technicians hired from 1978 to 1985 had a 4-year or higher degree, while 18% of those hired prior to 1978 had a 4-year or higher degree, possibly indicating a trend towards hiring technicians with a higher level of education.

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