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Industrial Ecologists

Apply principles and processes of natural ecosystems to develop models for efficient industrial systems. Use knowledge from the physical and social sciences to maximize effective use of natural resources in the production and use of goods and services. Examine societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment.   (O'Net 19-2041.03)

 
Reported job titles:   Aquatic Ecologist, Eco-Industrial Development Consultant, Ecologist, Environmental Business Development Associate, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Programs Manager   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health which includes:
                          - Climate Change Analysts
                          - Environmental Restoration Planners
                          - Industrial Ecologists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 20.28   $ 23.83   $ 28.48   $ 34.58   $ 40.05   $ 29.86  
    Yearly $42,170   $49,570   $59,230   $71,920   $83,310   $62,100  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 19.96   $ 22.32   $ 26.86   $ 34.13   $ 45.06   $ 29.63  
    Yearly $41,520   $46,430   $55,860   $71,000   $93,730   $61,620  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 24.09   $ 26.68   $ 30.88   $ 37.78   $ 51.50   $ 33.52  
    Yearly $50,110   $55,490   $64,230   $78,580   $107,130   $69,730  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 20.36   $ 24.74   $ 28.83   $ 34.16   $ 37.95   $ 29.25  
    Yearly $42,350   $51,460   $59,960   $71,040   $78,940   $60,850  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health which includes:
                                  - Climate Change Analysts
                                  - Environmental Restoration Planners
                                  - Industrial Ecologists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 419 463 1.0% 17
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health which includes:
                                - Climate Change Analysts
                                - Environmental Restoration Planners
                                - Industrial Ecologists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Management, scientific, and technical consulting services 22.9%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 21.8%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 13.4%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 13.4%
    Federal government, all industries 6.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Ecologists  updated July 2011
     


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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Ecologists  updated July 2013
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Environmental Chemistry. (NEW)
     
    • Environmental Health.
     
    • Environmental Science.
     
    • Environmental Studies.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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