Marine Biology

By Dean Rivera

Marine biology, a profession not chosen by many.

Marine biology, a profession not chosen by many due to the time and effort that is needed is a great paying job that adds some fun to life while making a career for yourself. Marine Biology just isn't as appealing to the "normal" modern day citizen as it would be to someone who grew up loving animals or who were intrigued by them. For the most part the modern day citizen wouldn't want to work with animals and get dirty because it just isn't seen as an ideal job. When you think of a job that can potentially make people rich or jobs that you can make careers out of you just don't think Marine Biology. Be honest with yourself when you think of the top three "ideal jobs" You think 1) doctor 2) lawyer 3) business owner. Those jobs are nice and all, but in no shape or form are they spontaneous or unique. One of the most obvious reason you don't think of Marine Biology when you think of popular jobs would be that the job outlook is a mere 5%. I myself am going to major in Marine Biology because my love for animal is endless and it is a great paying job starting at $27.74 an hour! Coming out to around 57,700 a year.

What Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Do

  • Develop and conduct experimental studies with animals in controlled or natural surroundings
  • Collect biological data and specimens for analysis
  • Study the characteristics of animals, such as their interactions with other species, reproduction, population dynamics, diseases, and movement patterns
  • Analyze the influence that human activity has on wildlife and their natural habitats
  • Estimate, monitor, and manage wildlife populations and invasive plants and animals
  • Write research papers, reports, and scholarly articles that explain their findings
  • Give presentations on research findings to academics and the general public
  • Develop conservation plans and make recommendations on wildlife conservation and management issues to policymakers and the general public


Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Median annual wages, May 2012

Life, physical, and social science occupations


Zoologists and wildlife biologists


Total, all occupations


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

The median annual wage for zoologists and wildlife biologists was $57,710 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,100, and the top 10 percent earned more than $95,430.

In May 2012, the median annual wages for zoologists and wildlife biologists in the top six industries in which these scientists worked were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service$72,700

Research and development in the physical, engineering,
and life sciences59,670

Local government, excluding education and hospitals57,110

Management, scientific, and technical consulting services56,740

Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state55,610

State government, excluding education and hospitals51,780

Most zoologists and wildlife biologists work full time. They may work long or irregular hours when doing fieldwork.

Job Outlook

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22

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