UGA Specific Information for Ecology

Ecology, the study of organisms and their environment, is an interdisciplinary science. Ecologists work at the interface of basic science fields such as biology, geology, chemistry, and mathematics, and may draw more broadly on subjects such as economics, public policy, environmental law, anthropology, and geography. There is a growing need to understand how organisms and the environment interact and to examine the influence of humans on the earth and its biodiversity.

This degree is designed to prepare undergraduates for advanced graduate studies in ecology or allied disciplines leading to a Masters or Doctoral degree. Students planning to finish their studies at the B.S. level should discuss this with an advisor as soon as possible to design an appropriate program of study.

Many students completing this major will elect to enter graduate programs in Ecology or allied fields. Employment opportunities exist with consultant or environmental businesses that provide environmental services to local communities or industries. We see substantial opportunities in this sector of the economy and encourage students to include appropriate academic breadth in their curriculum. These include writing and speaking skills as well as experience in conflict resolution.

Class of 2022 Career Outcomes for Ecology*

** Includes Self-Employed

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Ecology majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Aquarium Outfitters General Manager
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Intern
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Specialist
Glass & Robson, LLC Legal Assistant
Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Tribble, Inc. Ecologist
Morgan County Charter School System EIP Parapro
NASA DEVELOP Program Research Fellowship Participant
NOAA Communications Intern
Parks Project Social Media Coordinator
Second Helpings Atlanta Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital System Laboratory Assistant
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Environmental Educator
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2022 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2022 Ecology majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Augusta University Medicine, MD
Georgia Institute of Technology Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management, MSEEM
Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus Physical Therapy, DPT
Mercer University Medicine, MD
Mississippi State University Forestry Resources, MS
University of Edinburgh Environmental Sustainability, MSc
University of Georgia Business Administration,MBA
University of Memphis Ecology, PhD
University of North Carolina at Wilmington Coastal and Ocean Policy, MCOP
* denotes no responses received.