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STEM Career Spotlight: Marine Biologist

By Anna Khan


Marine Biology is a competitive branch of the biological sciences that specializes in aquatic life. As a marine biologist, you could carry out research on the intricacies of ocean ecosystems. You could study the effect of human activities on these ecosystems and the biological factors that make them work. You may also work to help conserve these ecosystems and protect the creatures living in them.


There are many pathways to becoming a marine biologist. If you want to be in research, you will need a Ph.D. in Marine Biology. The most common undergraduate programs for Ph.D. applicants are Biology and Zoology, but there are many other options. To be the most successful, it is recommended to major in some sort of biological science. On top of your undergraduate degree, you will need a master's in marine biology or aquatic studies.


As a marine biologist, you will likely spend time on the water collecting samples and observing ocean life. Additionally, you will be analyzing data or carrying out experiments in a lab. You could also be responsible for creating or managing technology to help and learn about these ecosystems. Your salary as a marine biologist heavily depends on where you live, how much education you receive, and the specifications of your job. On average in America, marine biologists make about $83,000 a year.


If you are a high school student interested in becoming a marine biologist, it would be valuable to take biology and chemistry classes to enrich your knowledge of the field. Marine biologists use math, science, and compassion to help the environment and protect animals. Marine Biology is an extremely valuable and honorable career in STEM.


Works Cited

Jobs Newsletter. “What Does a Marine Biologist Do?” New Scientist Jobs, 19 June 2019,

jobs.newscientist.com/article/what-does-a-marine-biologist-do-/#:~:text=

A%20degree%20in%20marine%20science.

Zippia Expert. “Learn.org -.” Learn.org, 14 Nov. 2022, learn.org/articles/marine_biology_phd_programs_courses_requirements.html#:~:text=Applicants%20to%20marine%20biology%20Ph. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.



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