There are currently an estimated 22,300 park naturalists in the United States. The park naturalist job market is expected to grow by 6.3% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are park naturalists?

CareerExplorer rates park naturalists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,500 park naturalists. That number is based on 1,400 additional park naturalists, and the retirement of 6,100 existing park naturalists.

What’s the supply of park naturalists?

The park naturalist industry is concentrated in Texas, California, Colorado

Park Naturalist job market by state

State Name Employed Park Naturalists
Texas 1,930
California 1,760
Colorado 1,340
Florida 1,010
Pennsylvania 910
Washington 860
Oregon 760
Wisconsin 710
Minnesota 690
Mississippi 680
Virginia 640
Louisiana 630
Montana 580
Illinois 560
Iowa 510
Missouri 500
New York 500
Maryland 470
North Carolina 450
Ohio 380
Massachusetts 350
Michigan 340
New Jersey 330
Georgia 320
Arizona 300
District of Columbia 290
South Dakota 290
Utah 270
North Dakota 260
South Carolina 250
Idaho 250
Nevada 220
Nebraska 220
New Mexico 220
Indiana 200
Alaska 190
Kansas 190
West Virginia 190
Oklahoma 190
Arkansas 190
Wyoming 180
Tennessee 170
Kentucky 170
Hawaii 140
Alabama 100
Vermont 70
Maine 70
Delaware 60
New Hampshire 50
Puerto Rico 40