How To Be a Marine Biologist

Marine biology is the study, maintenance, or protection of living organisms and their behavior and interactions in different types of water. It can cover life in the ocean or in more brackish type habitats, such as estuaries. Knowing how to be a marine biologist can be as easy as following these steps:      

Start in high school by taking as many courses offered that include science, chemistry, physics, biology, geology, zoology, or geography. Being a marine biologist also includes writing a lot of reports and research papers, so taking as many English courses as you can is also a good idea. Just like in most sciences, it is also helpful to know a foreign language.      

After high school, choose your university wisely. The school should have a special program in marine biology. Different schools have different programs or degree plans that you should look into before making a final decision. You will want to major in biology with a minor in chemistry. A year or two of physics could help deepen your understanding of the subject.

Remember to keep your GPA at a high level to guarantee that you get the most out of your college experience. The higher your GPA, the more advanced courses you will be allowed to take. This may have a lasting effect on your career.      

By your third or fourth year of college, you should have a good idea of the specific field of marine biology you would like to pursue. This will help you decide which courses you should take in order to further pursue your career. You could choose to study the agricultural field of marine biology, which includes studying the animal life in the water; or you could choose biotechnology and study the developmental aspects of technology in the marine world. The choice is all yours. Make sure to make your decision on your personal interests and talents.      

Once you have graduated with a PhD, you can start your career in your field of choice. Most new marine biologists choose to take a post-doctoral position, which could consists largely of studying and teaching, until they have made a final choice of institutional studies. But be careful, your first assignment can make a big impression on the future of your career.


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