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.
- 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.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
|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.
Interest code: IE
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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.|
|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.|
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 (2012)||$30.56 hourly, $63,570 annual|
|Employment (2012)||90,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Faster than average (15% to 21%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||39,700|
|Top industries (2012)|
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
for Industrial Ecologists
State & National Job Banks
Sources of Additional Information
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- Environmental Scientists and Specialists . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.