Ecologist

Ecologist

Ecologists study the relationships of organisms and their environment. In addition to their research, they gather data and analyze it for importance. They study environmental problems and determine what caused them and how to improve the situation. Additionally, they provide educational programs to the public on how to protect species of plants and animals in their area.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Administer field studies to gain information on test subjects
  • Analyze collected data through specific software systems
  • Conduct environmental impact assessments
  • Stay current on environmental laws and regulations
  • Provide construction observations related to ecological receptors
  • Provide wetland determination/delineation and associated reporting
  • Survey areas and identify species to record their existence in an area
  • Use a GPS for capturing field data
  • Have GIS experience in analyzing, evaluating and preparing information
  • Assess populations of animals to ensure species numbers are not low
  • Write various reports such as wetland delineation and function assessments
  • Provide environmental inspection/monitoring of construction projects
  • Coordinate with various governmental agencies
  • Provide educational programs to the public
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics and computer science.
Education/Training Required: 
Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, botany or ecology is required to be an ecologist.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Federal and local governments hire ecologists, as do colleges and universities, research institutions, environmental engineering firms and zoos.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Global Water
  • Local environmental groups
  • Local Soil, Water Conservation Boards
  • Master Gardeners 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$53,000
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