Ecology is the branch of biology concerned with relations of organisms to one another and their physical surroundings.
Environmental management is the management of human interactions with the environment.
There are general qualities, such as self-motivation, teamwork, computer literacy and communicating and negotiating skills, which are necessary for most areas of work, but special qualities are needed for a successful career in ecology or environmental management. These skills include:
- an interest in the natural world;
- a knowledge of the functioning of natural systems;
- good academic qualifications in biological or environmental subjects;
- expertise in one or more groups of living organisms;
- enjoyment of fieldwork;
- the staying power needed to complete tedious and sometimes uncomfortable tasks in the field or laboratory; and
- an ability to take an objective approach to conservation issues.
This area of the website contains advice, guidance and resources to help you if you are a prospective student, current student or recent graduate, covering all aspects of studying and careers in the sector.
There is advice on:
- Careers in ecology and environmental management
- What to study and finding the right course
- Accredited degrees
- Vocational routes
- Breaking in to the sector
- Useful publications, resources and websites
- Becoming a student member of CIEEM