Job Description for Ecologist
Ecologists are responsible for surveying ecosystems and creating assessments pertaining to the diversity, behavior, and population of the organisms within ecosystems. The tasks they undertake will require them to spend a great deal of time in the field conducting scientific investigations and classifying organisms; recorded data is then submitted to Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Ecologists also have other responsibilities, such as generating environmental impact reports, habitat maintenance, teaching in schools, helping with legislation, conducting surveys, and more. Ecologists generally work for environmental protection organizations, government agencies, and conservation charities, and they may work either independently or on teams depending on their employer's objectives.Read More...
Educational requirements for the position generally include a bachelor’s degree in a natural science-related field such as biology or zoology. Some work experience may be required, as well. The typical day for an ecologist will vary, but they are often working in the field to examine and record the environment and species they are studying. Ecologists may also work nights or weekends depending on what they are studying.
- Perform habitat evaluations, rare species surveys, wetland delineations, and ecological fieldwork.
- Prepare Environmental Impact Assessments and regulatory reviews.
- Educate and/or publish findings to the public and officials and assist with mitigation plans.
- Classify organisms.
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Ecologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Technical Writing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 21 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Wetland delineation and Environmental Consulting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Environmental Consulting also know wetland delineation.
Pay by Experience Level for Ecologist
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Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $55K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $48K. Ecologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $81K.
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