Ecologists Gather Water Samples

Ecology is the study of the interconnections between organisms (plants, animals, fungus, bacterium) and the physical environment. It links biology, which includes both zoology (the study of animals) and botany (the study of plants), with physical sciences such as geology and paleontology. Ecologist is a broad name for any of a number of different biological or physical scientists concerned with the study of plants or animals within their environment.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study the relationships between organisms (plants, animals, fungus, bacterium) and the physical environment
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internship, volunteer, or a part-time experience useful
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Research
  • Scientific
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Science Manager or Professor
  • Experienced Ecologist
  • Entry-Level Ecologist