Marine Biologist

By: Myah Camps

Nature of Work

Tasks:
  • Research the migration of animals
  • Investigate the interactions between plants and animals
  • Study the population fluctuations

Where you work:

  • Research laboratories
  • Fieldwork
  • Aquariums
  • Zoos

Conditions:

  • 8-10 hours a day
  • 40-50 hours a week
  • Professors work up to 60 hours a week

Abilities:

  • Research skills
  • Work well alone and as a team
  • Scubas diving training and experience is helpful

Education

Colleges:
  • WMU
  • NMC
  • Davenport University

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Graduate degree
  • Master's degree
  • PhD

School subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Computers
  • Biology

Personal Impression

Best parts:
  • Work independently and with others
  • Work with marine plants
  • Work with marine animals

Worst parts:

  • Travel for long periods of time
  • Work many hours a week

Values:

  • I like to work with others- work with people
  • I like animals- I like to be around them

Salary

Job pay:

  • Median- $57,000/year
  • Graduate degree- $35,000-$100,00/year
  • Professors- $50,000-$150,000/year

In Michigan:

  • Entry wage- $28.52/hour and $59,320/year
  • Median wage- $33.17/hour and $69,000/year
  • Experienced wage- $36.24/hour and $75,390/year