Career outlook for ecologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Ecologists help to protect and restore the natural environment. They provide important information on how human activity affects individual species and ecosystems. They also study the relationships between animals, plants and the environment.
As an ecologist, you’ll usually specialise in a specific area of the environment. This means you’ll be able to study an area you’re passionate about – whether that’s animals found deep in the ocean or plants that grow on jungle floors.
What you might do:
- carry out fieldwork
- survey and record information on plants, animals, environmental conditions and Biodiversity
- deliver lessons or lectures
There are 2 main types of ecologist:
- consultant ecologist
- landscape ecologist
As a consultant ecologist you could:
- research the impact of human activity, like housing and intensive agriculture, on the environment
- build computer models to predict the effects of development or climate change
- research and contribute to legislation and policy
As a landscape ecologist, you could:
- manage and create wildlife conservation areas, woodland and meadows
- monitor species and habitats
- manage a team of volunteers
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