Ecologists focus on the relationship of organisms within their environment. Ecology is a branch of biology (biology is the study of life). Given the broad scope of ecology, there are multiple sub-disciplines that an ecologist can choose to focus on. Since all living things (plants, animals, microbes) depend on other living things and a healthy environment to survive, ecologists may specialize in one aspect of an ecosystem. Examples include terrestrial (land), aquatic (water), applied (concepts and principles of ecology), conversation (management of biodiversity), and evolutionary (evolution).
The minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree.
WHERE TO STUDY
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In August 2020, the median yearly salary for an ecologist was $50,743, according to PayScale.com. For more information, visit Study.com's Ecologist Profile.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
- Ecological Society of America
- Organization of Biological Field Stations
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
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