Marine biologist

Robbie Klein 22-24

Overall job description

Marine biology is the field of knowledge relating to marine organisms. But what is a marine biologist? To many, it means being a dolphin trainer but to others it means managing a marine wildlife sanctuary.

Major job responsibilities

- Study animals in their natural habitats

- assessing effects of environment and industry on animals

- interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry

-Analyze characteristics of animals to identify and classify them

Working conditions

Marine biologists would usually work a fairly typical work week. However, weekend work may also be required, for example when conducting experiments during field work. Marine biologists also work in an office or laboratory environment when preparing reports and papers. They will also spend time in rivers, the ocean or along the shore. This may involve time on fishing vessels or scuba diving.

Current salary

can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year). depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a marine biologist develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

Education needed

- you usually need to study a science degree with a major in marine science.

- coastal and marine science

- marine and freshwater biology or a related field

Job outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of wildlife biologists and zoologists, including marine biologists, to rise by just 5% between 2012 and 2022, which is slower than the average for all U.S. occupations