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

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Tools used in this occupation:

  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.

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) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Online database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — Python See more occupations related to this technology.

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

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research on social issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan environmental research. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research impacts of environmental conservation initiatives. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical or scientific databases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare information or documentation related to legal or regulatory matters. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate results of environmental research. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply knowledge or research findings to address environmental problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare research or technical reports on environmental issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Promote environmental sustainability or conservation initiatives. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop mathematical models of environmental conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop sustainable industrial or development methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identify sustainable business practices. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
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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.See more occupations related to this interest.
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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.See more occupations related to this interest.
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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.See more occupations related to this interest.
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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.See more occupations related to this interest.
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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.See more occupations related to this interest.
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Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Value
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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.See more occupations related to this work value.
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Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
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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.See more occupations related to this work value.
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.See more occupations related to this work value.
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.See more occupations related to this work value.
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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.See more occupations related to this work value.

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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 (2014) $31.85 hourly, $66,250 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 2014 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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