Marine biologists study aquatic organisms and their habitats. They design controlled laboratory and natural field experiments to meet their objectives. Additionally, they serve as experts regarding marine conservation and aquaculture practices.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Design controlled laboratory and natural field experiments
- Observe marine wildlife and organisms in their natural habitats
- Inventory specific populations over periods of time
- Collect water, mineral and plant samples to test
- Measure water conditions to determine the value of life
- Dissect and preserve marine life
- Study aquatic life diseases and create plans to control outbreaks
- Monitor environmental pollution
- Utilize various laboratory equipment, tools and computer programs
- Oversee activity and duties of assisting marine technicians
- Follow up with employer and invested third parties with research findings
- Write and publish journals or reports on research findings
- Oversee the care and maintenance of aquatic animals
- Serve as an expert regarding marine conservation
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, earth science and mathematics.
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in marine biology or a closely related field is required to become a marine biologist. A master’s degree is often preferred, however.