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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.



What type of 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
  • Construction observation related to ecological receptors
  • 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
  • GIS experience in analyzing, evaluating, and preparing information
  • Asses populations of animals to ensure species numbers are not low
  • Write wetland delineation reports, function assessments, mitigation plans, and environmental compliance/permitting documents
  • Environmental inspection/monitoring of construction projects
  • Coordination with various governmental agencies
  • Provide educational programs to the public on how to protect species of plants and animals in their area


What education and training is required?

Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, botany or ecology is required to be an ecologist.


To pursue a career as an ecologist:

The following high school courses are recommended: Agriculture education, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics and computer sciences.


Where can I work?

Federal and local governments hire ecologists as do colleges and universities, research institutions, environmental engineering firms and zoos.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for ecologist will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Global Water
  • Local environmental groups
  • Local Soil, Water Conservation Boards
  • Master Gardeners 
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