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Ecologist

Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment.

Potential salary
£19,000 to £45,000
Working hours
39 to 41 a week
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties could include:carrying out fieldwork - surveying and recording information on plants, animals, environmental conditions and biodiversity; researching the impact of human activity, like housing and intensive agriculture, on the environment; building computer models to predict the effects of development or climate change monitoring pollution; managing wildlife conservation areas, woodland and meadows

You could work in the countryside, at a university, in an office or in a laboratory.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could become a senior ecologist, leading a team of researchers, developing biodiversity plans or acting as a consultant on sustainable development projects.

You may also be able to apply for chartered environmentalist status. You can find out more about being a chartered environmentalist from the Society for the Environment.

You can find more details about careers in ecology through the British Ecological Society and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

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