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The outlook for environmental scientists and specialists, a career field that includes industrial ecologists, is very good. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts 11 percent employment growth, which is faster than the average for all careers, through 2026. Increased focus on environmental problems and remedies will mean more employment opportunities for industrial ecologists. Companies need their services to identify hazards caused by production processes and steps they can take for more sustainable, compliant practices. Population growth is also placing greater demands on the environment, requiring the expertise of ecology professionals to help monitor and maintain various environments and ecosystems to ensure public health and safety. 

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