Industrial Ecologists

Industrial Ecologist Indicates Factory Wastewater

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 84,250 environmental scientists and specialists (including health) employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Monitor and study environmental impacts of industrial production processes; make recommendations for sustainable industry practices to ensure compliance with environmental laws
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Four or more years experience; internship
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager, Professor, Industrial Ecology
  • Senior Industrial Ecologist
  • Industrial Ecologist