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.
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:
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.
Ecologists can expect to earn a median salary of $62,820.
Job opportunities for ecologists are expected to grow at a rate of 16.5% over the next 10 years.
Most ecologists complete graduate school. You will most likely need a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate to work as an ecologist.
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