Powerful Geography



Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society

 Overview: Ecologists are responsible for furthering our understanding of how natural and human-caused changes in the environment influence the behavior and abundance of species, and how interactions between species and their environment influence the natural world. It is crucial to obtain a solid foundation in areas such as morphology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, zoology, botany, conservation biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, mathematics, calculus, statistics and computer science. Depending on your future area of specialization within ecology, you may also want to have an academic background in such diverse subjects as climatology, economics, geology, mathematical modeling, meteorology, oceanography, sociology or soil science. Typical duties include: Plan and conduct research studiesEstimate the costs and material needs of research studiesKeep detailed notes during research processPerform thorough analysis of research findingsPublish findingsMay act as a consultant to government agencies and non-profit or commercial organizations. 

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Environmental Geographers 

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Management 

Skills: Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, Environmental Management 

Occupation Group:  Life, Physical, and Social Science

Learn more about Ecologists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor