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Transcript of Marine Biology
What is a Marine Biologist?
Biological Technician (help conduct lab tests and experiments)
Ichthyologist (study of fish)
Fishery Biologist (study fish and supervise efforts to conserve natural habitats)
Marine Mammalogist (study of marine mammals)
Microbiologist (study of infectious organisms)
System Analyst (solve business problems using information technology)
Mathematician (math expert)
Economists (economics expert)
Sociologists (study of human society)
Physicists (physics expert)
Hydrologists (study of properties, distribution, and circulation of water on earth)
Physical Oceanographers (study of physical conditions and processes in the ocean)
What's the Job Outlook?
Marine Biology is a highly competitive field. It's extremely important to have advanced math and computer skills with course work in animal and aquatic sciences in order to gain a competitive edge in the job market. It has also become increasingly more important to have taken a program or course in fisheries or wildlife management in order to help with the study of fishes, marine mammals, and sea turtles.
Schooling & Training
Require either a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D degree in a marine biology related field
Undergraduate degree doesn't have to be in marine biology. It can be in biology, zoology, fisheries, or one of the other animal sciences.
Must do postgraduate work, which amounts to years of schooling in total.
It's useful to take as many courses on biology and ecology as you can in high school
It's helpful if you've had experience working with animals in the past, so it would be beneficial to volunteer at your local animal shelter while you're still in school.
Marine Biologists can make anywhere from $45,000 to $110,000 a year, depending on their degree and specialties.
A marine biologist may be hired to correctly train mammals for aquariums/research centers/rescue centers/zoos
Marine biologists that are researching coral are responsible for the collection of pieces of coral. They are also responsible for that specific coral's survival rate after they interfere with its' habitat. They can't touch the coral directly or it will completely destroy the entire organism. Once one coral is touched, it can have a catastrophic impact on the surrounding corals, which could eventually destroy millions of fish and other sea creatures' habitat, which eventually would come back to destroy the fishing industry in that particular region of the Earth.
A Day In the Life of a Marine Biologist
Southwest Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)
Offers Aquatic Biology
Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
Offers Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Geosciences: Ocean Observing Systems, Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, and Physical Oceanography
Texas A&M University (Galveston, TX)
Offers Marine Biology, Marine Biology w/ License Option, Marine Biology/Biomedical Sciences, Marine Fisheries, Marine Resources Management, Marine Sciences, Marine Sciences w/ License Option, and Ocean and Coastal Resources
University of Texas, Austin (Port Aransas, TX)
Offers Geosystems Engineering & Hydrogeology, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Marine Science, and Petroleum Engineering
Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)
Offers SubSea Robotics Training Center
Some things that are included in the research of a marine biologist are whales, dolphins, corals, deep sea creatures, tiny planktons, microbes, and many other species.
It's ideal to live by an ocean to be a marine biologist. If you are specializing in the research of coral or the ocean, obviously it's necessary to live near a coral reef or an ocean. It's also possible for a marine biologist to work at Universities, Federal or state governments, non-profit organizations, or at privately-owned businesses. This makes it possible for a marine biologist to work at a zoo or an aquarium.