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Industrial Ecologists
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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.

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Currently Employed: 1,830

Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

Typical Hourly Wage: $40.43 - $64.71

Typical Annual Salary: $84,100 - $134,600

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Identify environmental impacts caused by products, systems, or projects.
  • Examine local, regional or global use and flow of materials or energy in industrial production processes.
  • Identify or develop strategies or methods to minimize the environmental impact of industrial production processes.
  • Prepare technical and research reports such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
  • Analyze changes designed to improve the environmental performance of complex systems to avoid unintended negative consequences.
  • Review research literature to maintain knowledge on topics related to industrial ecology, such as physical science, technology, economy, and public policy.
  • Recommend methods to protect the environment or minimize environmental damage from industrial production practices.
  • Identify or compare the component parts or relationships between the parts of industrial, social, and natural systems.
  • Build and maintain databases of information about energy alternatives, pollutants, natural environments, industrial processes, and other information related to ecological change.
  • Redesign linear, or open loop, systems into cyclical, or closed loop, systems so that waste products become inputs for new processes, modeling natural ecosystems.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Scanners
  • Special purpose telephones

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Internet browser software
  • Object or component oriented development software

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