Applied Ecology

Are you fascinated by nature? Driven to research the relationships between organisms and their environments? Do you enjoy communicating scientific knowledge? If so, you may want to work as an applied ecologist.

work as an applied ecologistWhat Does a Career in Applied Ecology Look Like?

Ecologists study environmental problems, determine causation, formulate solutions and document their conclusions in hopes that the knowledge delivered will positively influence outcomes. They often work in education or as consultants to government and nongovernmental organizations interested in sustainability and green best practices.

A career in ecology typically entails:

  • Research and documentation of findings.
  • Identification and analysis of environmental impacts of changes, development, actions, projects and events, manmade and natural.
  • Development of strategies to minimize negative impacts on ecosystems.
  • Preparation of scientific reports for industry, government, education systems or the general public.
  • Communication of findings, plans and best practices.

Ecologists are expected to have deep knowledge of earth sciences, mathematics and statistics. They make use of analytic and scientific software and should be comfortable documenting and communicating findings.

Ecologist Salary and Job Forecast

Ecologists can expect to earn a median salary of $62,820.

ecologist salary
Job opportunities for ecologists are expected to grow at a rate of 16.5% over the next 10 years.

ecologist job forecast

What Education is Required to Work in Ecology?

Most ecologists complete graduate school. You will most likely need a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate to work as an ecologist.

ecologist education requirements

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