Careers and Academics in Ecosystem Science


Many would argue that the best part of working as an ecosystem scientist is working outdoors in some of the most beautiful settings on earth. Yet, there are also many other options with some ecosystem scientists shaping policy in government, developing databases and models on their computer, or teaching the next generation of scientists. Ecosystem scientists work for the Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, state resource and environmental departments, environmental and restoration consulting firms, and universities. We invite you to speak with any of our members about your interests and potential career opportunities.

Ecosystem Science Jobs and Salaries
Position Median Annual Wage*
Biological Technicians $ 46,340
Foresters $ 63,980
Conservation Scientists $ 64,020
Wildlife Biologists $ 66,350
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $ 85,600
*Wages data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  


Ecosystem science is an interdisciplinary field and thus, one could pursue any number of different degrees. Our researchers currently come from a variety of different colleges and departments at Michigan Technological University and recommend you start with their sites to learn more. If you are investigating majors and graduate degree options, we suggest reviewing our Members and Current Projects pages to find topics of interests and then reach out to the relevant ESC member.