Choose a career in Ecology
Do you have a passion for the natural environment? Then a career as an ecologist might just be the right choice for you. With a wide selection of jobs to choose from, you can put your interest in ecology to good use. Get your job search started by visiting Job Mail today.
An ecologist is responsible for creating and implementing programs that help to protect our environment. They’re interested in ecosystems, including the population distribution of people, wildlife, and plants. These professionals also focus on the connection between organisms and their environment. They typically choose an area of specialisation, such as:
An ecologist’s duties
Are you wondering what duties you can expect to carry out if you become an ecologist? The range of responsibilities associated with this position will ensure that your time at work is interesting. You can expect to perform different tasks depending on the priorities of the projects you’re working on as well as the deadlines you need to meet. You may find yourself working with other scientists to get the job done. You’ll be responsible for completing tasks outdoors and in nature as well as in a lab. The duties of an ecologist include the following:
- Overseeing conservation areas
- Conducting environmental impact assessments
- Investigating the relationship between organisms and their environment
- Ensuring that people adhere to legal regulations
- Collecting biological data and recording information
- Compiling all-inclusive species lists
- Creating strategies to resolve environmental issues
- Creating computer models that predict the impact that human activities have on climate change
- Writing reports
- Giving presentations at conferences
- Designing educational programs
If you want to pursue a career in ecology, you’ll need to have the right qualifications. While it’s not compulsory, it’s recommended that you study biology, physical science, and mathematics at school if you’re interested in this career. Different universities have varying entrance requirements so your subject choice will also be guided by where you choose to study. You can start off with a relevant Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree and then continue with a postgraduate qualification in the area you want to specialise in.
Becoming a volunteer with a conservation charity is an opportunity to gain experience while you’re still studying. Research positions are likely to require a master’s degree and if you plan to lecture or lead a research team, it’s advisable to complete a PhD.
Here is what you can study:
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Zoology, Ecology or Environmental Sciences – You can study at most universities and tertiary education institutes.
- Postgrad qualification in Conservation Ecology, Nature Conservation or related fields – different courses are offered at universities across South Africa.
- Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Nature Conservation – Mostly available at universities of technology.
A passion for the natural environment serves as a good foundation for a career as an ecologist.
In this career, you’ll have the satisfaction of playing a role in protecting our environment from destruction. With the rising awareness of climate change and the negative impact human activities have on our environment, there is a need for these professionals. To succeed in this field, you’ll need the following skills:
- Scientific knowledge
- Research skills
- Ability to pay attention to detail
- Problem-solving skills
If you’re interested in ecology, it’s helpful to know about the Southern African Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Scientists. Another useful organisation is the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.
- Conservation Officer
- Animal Ecologist
- Conservation Scientist
- Environmental Scientist
- Wildlife Biologist
- Administrator and Teacher
- Environmental Consultant
- Research Scientist
- Research Assistant
- Restoration Ecologist
Launch your career as an ecologist and enjoy a satisfying job with a wide range of daily activities. If you’re interested in ecology, you can find relevant vacancies on Job Mail today.