Psychologist (Social)

Conservation Psychologist | Action Research

Average Pay Scale

$80,000-$170,000 *This figure represents the median wage for this career in San Diego County and not the wages of any specific interviewee

Occupational Outlook


About Conservation Psychologist

Meet Joey Schmitt, Conservation Psychologist, who tells us all about his role with Action Research, a community-based social marketing company in Oceanside that specializes in changing human behavior through the application of traditional marketing activities blended with cutting edge research findings from the social and behavioral sciences including psychology, sociology, and economics. A Conservation Psychologist is someone who is passionate about conducting field research in environmental attitudes, community outreach, and behavior change. Someone in this position must be good at using social science research knowledge, people skills, and problem-solving abilities to coordinate and smooth-running projects. Additionally, using knowledge of community-based social marketing to help others understand the process and infuse best practices into his projects. This is an excellent career path for those interested in educating a wide range of audiences and advocating for environmental protection, as well as sustainability.

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Common Skills Needed:

Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Passion About Community, Empathy, Patience.

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Education Resources

Palomar College 

CSU San Marcos

MiraCosta College