Ecology is the study of living organisms and their surroundings. Common classes include computer science, physics, engineering and mathematics. An ecologist working in product development or applied research can usually get by with a bachelor's or master's degree. With these degrees, research assistant or research technician positions are common.
However, if an ecologist wants to perform independent research or work in administrative vocations, a Ph.D. is normally required. Ph.D. programs require a significant amount of independent research and the completion of a final thesis project, which must contribute to the field of ecology.
The career trajectory of people with an Ecology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Ecology degrees have experience in is Biologist, followed by Conservation Scientist, Agricultural and Food Science Technician, Agricultural Inspector, Environmental Consultant, Soil and Plant Scientist, Marine Biologist, Entomologist, Forest and Conservation Worker, and Industrial Ecologist.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Agricultural and Food Science Technician||1.9%||0.0%||50.7×|
|Soil and Plant Scientist||0.7%||0.0%||61.0×|
|Forest and Conservation Worker||1.6%||0.0%||62.7×|
Ecology graduates earn on average $33k, putting them in the 25th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$23k|
|Median (average earners)||$33k|
|75th (top earners)||$42k|
Ecology graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||59%|