There are currently an estimated 89,500 industrial ecologists in the United States. The industrial ecologist job market is expected to grow by 11.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are industrial ecologists?

CareerExplorer rates industrial ecologists with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 16,800 industrial ecologists. That number is based on 9,900 additional industrial ecologists, and the retirement of 6,900 existing industrial ecologists.

Are industrial ecologists in demand?

As environmental laws and regulations become stricter and industries change how they conduct business and make products in safer ways, the relatively new field of industrial ecology is projected to undergo significant growth. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, especially as populations increase, will spur demand for professionals trained in the monitoring, inspection, and maintenance of the world’s ecosystems. In general, the future should see more businesses consult with ecological scientists to help them minimize the impact that their operations have on the environment. These scientists will also be called upon to help planners develop and construct buildings, utilities, and transportation systems that protect natural resources and limit damage to land and waterways. Most employment opportunities for industrial ecologists are predicted to occur in private consulting firms focused on environmental management. Overall, however, the majority of jobs is expected to remain concentrated in the various levels of government and with publicly funded universities, laboratories, and national research facilities.

What’s the supply of industrial ecologists?

The industrial ecologist industry is concentrated in California, Florida, Texas

Industrial Ecologist job market by state

State Name Employed Industrial Ecologists
California 12,820
Florida 5,240
Texas 4,260
New York 4,170
North Carolina 3,730
Colorado 3,140
Washington 3,130
Virginia 2,810
New Jersey 2,790
Ohio 2,770
Illinois 2,590
Michigan 2,550
Maryland 2,230
Pennsylvania 2,190
Massachusetts 1,720
Minnesota 1,700
District of Columbia 1,400
Tennessee 1,400
Arizona 1,300
Georgia 1,190
Kentucky 1,180
New Mexico 1,150
Louisiana 1,110
Missouri 960
Oregon 940
Wisconsin 900
Alabama 890
Indiana 880
Utah 770
Connecticut 760
Hawaii 680
Nevada 660
Alaska 620
Iowa 590
Kansas 560
Idaho 520
Mississippi 470
Vermont 450
Maine 450
Wyoming 430
Puerto Rico 430
Montana 420
Delaware 420
Nebraska 400
New Hampshire 390
West Virginia 380
Oklahoma 360
South Carolina 330
North Dakota 320
Arkansas 320
Rhode Island 290
South Dakota 210
Virgin Islands, U.S. 40