Learn about the types of people who become conservation scientists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

73% of conservation scientists work in full-time roles while 27% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a conservation scientist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming conservation scientists at a ratio of 1.32 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

72% of conservation scientists are female and 28% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a conservation scientist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a conservation scientist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a conservation scientist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of conservation scientists are White, making up 74% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and South Asian, making up 6% and 6% respectively.