A marine biologist researches and explores organisms, both plants and animals, within the marine biology field. This field has to do with animals and plants that live in salty bodies of water. The marine biologist may carry out observations and assessments, in order to determine the health of an environment. Computations and tests may be needed, where math skills will be needed. These steps may be necessary in order to determine what should be done to restore a habitat and its marine life.
Problem solving skills will be useful in order to solve various problems that are being faced in the habitat. The marine biologist may also direct an effort for habitat rehabilitation. A marine biologist may write papers on the findings, so it is important to have strong writing skills. All work must be carried out with the scientific method. Communication skills are also important, as the marine biologist may work with other marine biologists. When leading a team, the marine biologist may have to hire employees, create work schedules, and carry out employee evaluations. In many cases, the marine biologist will receive a limited budget, so it is important to be able to prioritize within this budget.
Generally, a master’s degree in biology or marine biology is preferred, though there are positions that start at an associate’s degree level. Some work as a marine biologist may be done in a laboratory, while other work will be done in the field, which may expose the marine biologist to extreme weather.
Marine Biologist Tasks
Study the behavior, genetics, origins and diseases of marine wildlife.
Observe and analyze data pertaining to marine life.
May specialize in environmental cleanups, marine conservation or the rehabilitation of injured marine animals.
Conduct scientific experiments on-site and / or in a lab.