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Industrial Ecologists

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Industrial ecologists usually have internship experience, an advanced degree, and four or more years of work experience. Essential to this job is an appreciation and respect for nature, coupled with strong knowledge of chemical processes, practical applications of engineering and technology, and mathematics. Clear communications skills are required for sharing information with others and writing accurate and effective reports and presentations. The ability to work independently as well as with other people on a team is critical in industrial ecology. Industrial ecologists use deductive and inductive reasoning to accomplish their work. People who do best in this field are analytical thinkers who are investigative and enterprising. They are willing to take on multiple responsibilities and tackle challenges to achieve goals.

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