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(sorry for the second job/career related post in a row!)

I know there's a lot of emphasis on going to graduate school these days, especially within the Ecology field, but is that only so you can pursue more ecology related jobs? We all know that there's a high possibility of not remaining in your field post-graduation because of the job search, especially years down the line in your career, but can that happen with someone who has an ecology degree?

For example, is it easy for someone with a BSc degree in Ecology to "jump ship" and find a corporate job in a separate or adjacent field and make a career of it? How would I go about the job search then when I mostly have ecology/natural science-related experiences?

This is mostly in relation to there not being a lot of money in ecology and me wanting to support myself and my family, as well as wanting to potentially go overseas for an ecology graduate program, which will cost more money.

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Reddit » Ecology by /u/buttonblanket - 2d ago

Hi, I'm a biotechnology student in NJ attending Rutgers. While out fishing recently I realized the large amount of the Red Winged Black bird which I've never seen to much of up until recently. At first I thought maybe it was like the baader-meinhof phenomenon but I had later on gotten in conversations about other people noticing them either for the first time or a lot more.

Subsequently I've also seen very few Robins this year. From the amount I can recall I've seen around 2~3. Living in NJ my entire life I'm certain the population of Robins here is supposed to be very strong so this has me concerned.

Is the Black Bird pushing into Robin territory out competing and hurting its population? Are the population changes independent of each other however connected to rise in suburban housing? Or lastly, is my worry unfounded, perhaps the Robin has avoided my attention, and the black bird was always present in large amounts but I never cared to notice?

I'd love to hear opinions from other ecologists and students. I will also be more vigilant for the next week and I'll mark how many I see of each.

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