Skip navigation

Summary Report for:
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.

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

View report: Summary  Details  Custom

Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Interests  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • 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

back to top

Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Desktop computers
Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
Notebook computers — Laptop 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
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.

back to top

Interests

Interest code: IE

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.

back to top

Work Values

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

back to top

Wages & Employment Trends

National

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 (2012) $30.56 hourly, $63,570 annual
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
Top industries (2012)

State & National

          CareerOneStop

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 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.

back to top

Job Openings on the Web

Find Jobs
for Industrial Ecologists

          mySkills myFuture

State & National Job Banks

          CareerOneStop

back to top

Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

back to top