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In Brief...

Studies the relationship between living creatures and their environment; from bacterial to global scales.


  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

In Summary - Ecologist

Career Sectors

Ecologists typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Environmental Science
Earth & Environment
Protecting the Enviroment
Earth & Environment
Earth Science
Earth & Environment
Marine Science & Technology
Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture

Videos & Interviews

Damien Haberlin, Ecologist (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

Damien Haberlin is a Phd researcher working in Ecology. His job can involve long days in a boat or in a lab so it's quiet varied.

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Further Information

The Work - Ecologist

Ecologists study how organisms relate to one another and to their environment. Human activity can damage the complex and delicate relationships between organisms and their habitats. Ecologists protect the environment, for example, from pollution, intensive farming, road building schemes and city sprawl into the countryside.  
Some ecologists suggest what organisations can do to avoid harming the environment. A local council planning to build a new road might ask an ecologist to find the route least likely to cause environmental damage.  
The ecologist would visit each proposed site and consider types of wildlife living in or near the area, noting any rare or endangered species. They would advise if trees would have to be cut down or marshland drained, and how these actions could affect plants and animals. The ecologist's findings would be presented to the council in a report.  
Ecologists also work as advisers to landowners, industries and water companies. They may advise farmers on the conservation of hedgerows or which trees to plant.  
Ecologists may have long-term responsibility for a conservation area. They protect against pollution and vandalism, and may provide information to visitors. Conservation bodies employ ecologists to manage nature reserves, ranging from ancient woodlands to gravel pits. Ecologists also identify new areas in need of protection.  
In the laboratory, ecologists may analyse river pollution caused by industry and agriculture. They test water samples to find the type, concentration and source of the pollution.  
Occasionally ecologists are called out to assess and advise on pollution incidents. Travelling to remote areas to gather information is also a part of the job. Fieldwork makes up a large part of an ecologist's job, so they have to work outdoors in any weather.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Analyze changes designed to improve the environmental performance of complex systems to avoid unintended negative consequences.
  • Apply new or existing research about natural ecosystems to understand economic and industrial systems in the context of the environment.
  • Carry out environmental assessments in accordance with applicable standards, regulations, or laws.
  • Conduct analyses to determine the maximum amount of work that can be accomplished for a given amount of energy in a system, such as industrial production systems and waste treatment systems.
  • Develop alternative energy investment scenarios to compare economic and environmental costs and benefits.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of industrial ecology programs using statistical analysis and applications.
  • Examine local, regional or global use and flow of materials or energy in industrial production processes.
  • Examine societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment.
  • Identify or compare the component parts or relationships between the parts of industrial, social, and natural systems.
  • Identify or develop strategies or methods to minimize the environmental impact of industrial production processes.

Interests - Ecologist

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


As an ecologist, you will need an inquisitive mind, and a desire to protect the environment. You must be patient, accurate and methodical in doing experiments. You will need good communication skills, for example, to tell the public about wildlife and conservation areas, or to help an industry avoid damaging the environment. Physical fitness is very important especially when doing field work. Ability to work on your own and as part of a team is also very helpful.

Entry Requirements - Ecologist

Pay & Salary - Ecologist

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €22k - €50k

Entrant: 22 - 32
Experienced Ecologist: 32 - 50

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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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