Industrial Ecologists

General Information

Description

Apply principles and processes of natural ecosystems to develop models for efficient industrial systems. Use knowledge from the physical and social sciences to maximize effective use of natural resources in the production and use of goods and services. Examine societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit50.74%
  2. State and local government33.16%
  3. Federal government8.92%
  4. Self-employed3.71%
  5. Private, not for profit3.46%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 9,400 openings for environmental scientists and specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$73,230

State-by-state Salary

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$117,350
$41,830
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 65%
  • Bachelor's degree 21%
  • Doctoral degree 8%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Chemistry
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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