Ecology is the study of the interconnections between organisms (plants, animals) 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.

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

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