A career in studying animals that live in oceans.
To become a Marine Biologist you will need a Bachelors (or higher) degree. This means you will go to college for 4 years, with the option to continue on to complete your Masters, or Doctorate. Helpful high school classes for this career would include two years of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Some colleges require a second language. While other required classes from high school are, Advanced Biology, Biology, Chemistry, English Composition, Physics, and Pre-Calculus. The college courses needed for this job are: Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. These are classes mainly in the biological science branch. Overall this major will give you enough information to accurately study animals and the ocean environment, while rebuilding damaged habitats.
Training School and College
For Hawaii Pacific University the average GPA to get into this school is 2.5. Also both an ACT and SAT test must be completed and their test averages would be similar to the Wisconsin State Schools, no specifics were listed.
About the Job
What Factors Affect Employment for this Job?
Marine biologists are often employed by the government or large marine centered organizations. Some examples would be:
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Lake Buena Vista, FL
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Marine Biology is a very interesting career, that I could see myself doing someday. However, the largest challenge would be that the demand for marine biologists is low, so it would be very difficult to get a job. Also as I would like to have a family I would not be around them as much as I would like because of research at sea. There are many positives to a career like this. If I were going to pursue this, I would enjoy living in Florida, and get to spend my whole day doing what I love. Also as tourist and fisherman damage, or kill, entire coral reefs, I could have a positive impact on reefs by re-growing the damaged coral.
Sources and Sites
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