Industrial Ecologists


Overview

Introduction

Industrial ecologists study the effect industrial systems have on the environment. They work closely with environmental scientists and specialists to monitor and conduct field tests of various environments to identify and measure pollutants, with the goal of ensuring environmental and public health. Industrial ecologists work for professional, scientific, and technical service organizations and government agencies. There are about 85,000 environmental scientists and specialists (including health) employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$71,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

An internship or other experiental learning experience


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Curious

Earnings

Salaries for industrial ecologists vary depending on such factors as their level of education, experience, area of specialization, and the organization for which they work. 

Industrial ecologists earned average salaries of $71,000 in 2020, according to Recruiter.com. Salaries ranged from $56,000 for entry-level positions to $84,000 or more for senior-level jobs.

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Work Environment

Industrial ecologists may work in a variety of places, from offices and laboratories to wilderness areas, forests, and mountain streams. They might spend part of their work day in front of computers, studying data and creating reports, and another part of their work day in research laboratories, analyzing samples from different environments. They work full time, usually 40 hours per week, with ...

Outlook

The outlook for environmental scientists and specialists, a career field that includes industrial ecologists, is good. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts 8 percent employment growth, which is faster than the average for all careers, through 2028. Increased focus on environmental problems and remedies will mean more employment opportunities for industrial ecologists. Companies need their serv...

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