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A Marine Biologist is someone who studies in detail the behaviour and interaction of all types of sea creatures and marine organisms, from the microscopic plankton to the humongous fish such as whales.
Are you passionate about the ocean and all living things in it? Have you always dreamed of working with sea creatures, both familiar and foreign? Do you want to make a change in how we treat our friends from the sea? Then a marine biologist might be just the career for you! Not only will you spend time with your favourite animals in the sea, but you’ll also contribute to real-world problems such as climate change and the environment affecting sea life.
Can be exciting as the job allows you to work both indoors and outdoors
Very diverse areas of study, from animals to plants and microorganisms
Potential safety risks, especially when working in the field/at sea
Can be difficult; requires lots of research skills on top of analytical skills
Analyse the characteristics, behaviour, health and interactions of sea creatures
Conduct experiments on sea creatures
Assess the effects of the creatures towards the environment and vice versa
Research ways to improve the habitat and ecosystem
Collect and experiment on marine specimens
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An eye for detail
Marine Biologists design and conduct experiments with various species as well as visually recording and analysing the data. Thus, an eye for detail is especially important in this field in terms of identifying the results and such.
Able to swim
Naturally, becoming a Marine Biologist would require you to be able to swim. Scuba diving is an important part of the job when working out of office and in the field, so learning how to swim and being comfortable in the water would be a good start.
An interest in research
There are millions of species of animals and plants in the ocean, and millions more still to be discovered. You need strong research skills and a borne interest to explore in depth the unknown lurking in the sea in order to excel at being a Marine Biologist. They say curiosity killed the cat, but in this case curiosity will get you deeper and deeper into the mysterious world that is the ocean.
A bachelor's or master's degree is typically required for entry-level marine biology research jobs. For faculty positions and jobs that allow you to follow your own research interests, PhD is usually required.
The working hours of a Marine Biologist varies depending on whether you are in the office or in the field. Typically in the office, you work between 8 to 10 hours a day. In the field, the working hours can be as high as 12 to 15 hours. Sometimes they may required to work on the weekends.
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“We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting.”
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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