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19-2041.03 - 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.

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  • Analyze changes designed to improve the environmental performance of complex systems to avoid unintended negative consequences. Green Task Statement
  • Apply new or existing research about natural ecosystems to understand economic and industrial systems in the context of the environment. Green Task Statement
  • Carry out environmental assessments in accordance with applicable standards, regulations, or laws. Green Task Statement
  • 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. Green Task Statement
  • Develop alternative energy investment scenarios to compare economic and environmental costs and benefits. Green Task Statement
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of industrial ecology programs using statistical analysis and applications. Green Task Statement
  • Examine local, regional or global use and flow of materials or energy in industrial production processes. Green Task Statement
  • Examine societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment. Green Task Statement
  • Identify or compare the component parts or relationships between the parts of industrial, social, and natural systems. Green Task Statement
  • Identify or develop strategies or methods to minimize the environmental impact of industrial production processes. Green Task Statement
  • Identify sustainable alternatives to industrial or waste management practices. Green Task Statement
  • Plan or conduct field research on topics such as industrial production, industrial ecology, population ecology, and environmental production or sustainability. Green Task Statement
  • Plan or conduct studies of the ecological implications of historic or projected changes in industrial processes or development. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare plans to manage renewable resources. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare technical and research reports such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public. Green Task Statement
  • Promote use of environmental management systems (EMS) to reduce waste or to improve environmentally sound use of natural resources. Green Task Statement
  • Provide industrial managers with technical materials on environmental issues, regulatory guidelines, or compliance actions. Green Task Statement
  • Research environmental effects of land and water used to determine methods of improving environmental conditions or increasing outputs such as crop yields. Green Task Statement
  • Build and maintain databases of information about energy alternatives, pollutants, natural environments, industrial processes, and other information related to ecological change. Green Task Statement
  • Conduct applied research on the effects of industrial processes on the protection, restoration, inventory, monitoring, or reintroduction of species to the natural environment. Green Task Statement
  • Conduct environmental sustainability assessments, using material flow analysis (MFA) or substance flow analysis (SFA) techniques. Green Task Statement
  • Conduct scientific protection, mitigation, or restoration projects to prevent resource damage, maintain the integrity of critical habitats, and minimize the impact of human activities. Green Task Statement
  • Create complex and dynamic mathematical models of population, community, or ecological systems. Green Task Statement
  • Develop or test protocols to monitor ecosystem components and ecological processes. Green Task Statement
  • Forecast future status or condition of ecosystems, based on changing industrial practices or environmental conditions. Green Task Statement
  • Identify environmental impacts caused by products, systems, or projects. Green Task Statement
  • Investigate accidents affecting the environment to assess ecological impact. Green Task Statement
  • Investigate the adaptability of various animal and plant species to changed environmental conditions. Green Task Statement
  • Investigate the impact of changed land management or land use practices on ecosystems. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor the environmental impact of development activities, pollution, or land degradation. Green Task Statement
  • Perform analyses to determine how human behavior can affect and be affected by changes in the environment. Green Task Statement
  • Perform environmentally extended input-output (EE I-O) analyses. Green Task Statement
  • Recommend methods to protect the environment or minimize environmental damage from industrial production practices. Green Task Statement
  • Redesign linear, or open loop, systems into cyclical, or closed loop, systems so that waste products become inputs for new processes, modeling natural ecosystems. Green Task Statement
  • Research sources of pollution to determine environmental impact or to develop methods of pollution abatement or control. Green Task Statement
  • Review industrial practices, such as the methods and materials used in construction or production, to identify potential liabilities and environmental hazards. Green Task Statement
  • Review research literature to maintain knowledge on topics related to industrial ecology, such as physical science, technology, economy, and public policy. Green Task Statement
  • Translate the theories of industrial ecology into eco-industrial practices. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Desktop computers
Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
Notebook computers — Laptop computers
Personal computers
Scanners — Computer data input scanners
Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment EIO-LCA *; PRe Consultants SimaPro; Production Flow Analysis and Simplification Toolkit PFAST; Substance Flow Analysis STAN (see all 9 examples)
Data base user interface and query software — Online database software
Electronic mail software — Email software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Object or component oriented development software — Python

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Occupational Interest
95   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.
50   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.
28   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
22   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
22   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
11   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Value
83   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
72   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
70   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
61   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
45   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
39   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health.
Employment data collected from Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health.
Industry data collected from Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health.

Median wages (2013) $31.29 hourly, $65,090 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2012) 90,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 39,700
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2012)
Government (43% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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