Marine Biologist

Dane Van Vonderen, 9th Hour Science

"It's a little-appreciated fact that most of the animals in our ocean make light." — Edith Widder, Marine Biologist

Basic Information about Marine Biologists

• Biologists study life and it's enviornment.

• Marine Biologists study the life under the sea.

• Training usually lasts about 6-8 years in college.

• Most biologists are hired by businesses or government agencies.

• Work at least 40 hours a week.

• Usually study in laboratories, but some will go on field trip to examine organisms in their natural enviornment.

• Most do research on underwater enviornment, but some can research different tastings of foods and drugs.

• Most need a doctorate degree in biology.

• Marine biologists need to also have studied botany and zoology.

• They commonly use microscopes, computers, and many other tools to conduct research.

Pros and Cons of a Marine Biologist


• Make about $51,000 a year

• Study underwater enviornment

• Study outside and inside laboratories


• The work is very repetitive

• Usually over 50 hours of work if in the field

• College will take at least 6-8 years

What do you need to succeed?

High school courses:

• Biology classes

• Biotechnology

• Botany

• Physical Science

Biology, botany, and physical science helps you study the world's organisms and its environment. There are multiple biology and botany classes that each cover a different and more advanced study for plants and animals.

College courses:

• Botany

• Biochemistry

• Ecology

• Genetics

In college, botany, ecology, and biochemistry are a great way to spend time getting a very specific look into what marine biologists do and research for their jobs. For instance, they will go over life and the environment not only underwater, but also on land.

Marine Biologist Associations/Organizations

MarineBio Conservation Society

(MarineBio is an online organization)

contact +1 (713) 248-2576 or

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition Society
Postbus 59681

contact +31(0)646 168 899 or

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Have you ever thought of what is life like underwater? Have you ever wondered what animals are in the ocean? Well Marine Biologists have. And they are responsible for all the information we know about the environment underwater. Marine Biologists make about $51,000 a year to learn about the life and environment underwater. Every year they are responsible for finding multiple new aquatic animals and studying them so people may understand what they are. They have advanced study in classes like biology, botany, and biochemistry from their eight years of college. They use technology such as computers, microscopes and other tools to study underwater life either in professional, high quality laboratories, or out in the field underwater.


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