Science

Marine Biologist

Salary

Biologists earn a median salary of $70,800 per year. Salaries typically start from $39,700 and go up to $124,680.

Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree in marine biology, biochemistry or wildlife biology is the minimum education requirement for a marine biologist. However, the marine biologist needs higher education to obtain higher positions. Marine biologists who work on independent research projects or those who teach at colleges and universities need a PhD in marine biology or a related field, such as biology or biochemistry.

Work

Work activites

Biologists study living things like animals or plants, and the world around them, to increase our knowledge and understanding of areas such as the environment, genetics, and animal or plant biology.

As a biologist, you could use your skills in a variety of ways, for example:

  • in agriculture, to improve productivity in livestock or crops
  • to tackle environmental issues, such as ways of cleaning polluted rivers so that fish can thrive
  • in conservation, supporting a variety of plants and animals in their natural environment
  • in medicine, developing new methods to diagnose, monitor and treat illness or disease
  • in industry, preventing food contamination or creating ways to dispose of waste safely

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Doing what I have always dreamed of
  • Getting to adventure in many places
  • Getting a nice pay

Cons

  • Being away from family
  • Having a higher rent because the Job is only available in select places
  • Lots of volunteer work

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