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Transcript of Marine Biology
Required Salary Range Earnings for marine biologists are as varied as the types of positions they fill. Graduate students may earn as little as $15,000 to $25,000 a year. Once fully qualified, marine biologists working in research can earn anywhere from $40,000 to more than $85,000 a year. Many marine biologists are employed as biology professors at universities. Experienced professors can earn between $60,000 and $140,000 a year. Education Required The type of educational requirements depends on the position the biologist holds. A bachelor’s degree in marine biology may be sufficient however a major is recommended. As a high school student pursuing a career as a marine biologist courses such as biology, physics, chemistry, math and computer courses should be taken
Getting a graduate degree opens up many more opportunities
Having a masters degree allows you to work as a laboratory technician, research assistant, or technical positions
A PhD is needed for most independent research and administrative protection agencies Scuba diving experience and certification is certainly an asset, as is experience handling a boat.
Strong research skills.
For an academic career, training in teaching and writing is helpful.
The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Also be creative, curious, and self- motivated. Transferable Skills From High School Organize and maintain accurate records
Apply scientific methods and equipment
Analyze and problem solve proficiently
Design and conduct scientific research
Make critical observations and evaluations, and apply the scientific approach to problems
Ability to communicate verbally and in witting present results and conclusions
Use charts and graphs to present information Current Demand For Marine Biology The employment outlook in this field is highly competitive. The supply of marine scientists exceeds the demand, and the number of government jobs is limited.
However, in fishery science, the study of fish and marine mammal population has the highest demand. Having a strong background in advanced mathematics, computer skills and work experience in the animal and aquatic sciences is critical for getting a competitive edge. Potential For Promotion Working Conditions Marine biologists often work 9 to 10 hours a day, 40 to 50 hours a week.
Work in offices, laboratories, on boats, at sea or in isolated coastal areas
Marine biologists travel to field study sites and around the country overseas to do research or training Related Occupations Marine Educator
Ocean Policy Expert
Ocean Engineering Average Work Day 9:00 am -10:30 am 10:30 am - 2:00 pm Prepare equipment, put on scuba gear and begin collecting animal samples underwater Collect as well organize samples in tanks 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Doing data analysis on the computer 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Set up a laboratory experiment and begin tagging animal samples 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monitor the results from the experiment on the previous day 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Working on the computer and writing a research paper Marine biologists do get promoted. It is common to just get a pay raise or get promoted for a new position in the company. Bibliography http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/marinebiologist