“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”
Well, we can’t help you there, but we do suggest asking a Marine Biologist.
Marine Biologists are people who study the organisms who live in the ocean, and how they impact our own lives. They study all forms of water bodies, be it oceans, seas, lakes or ponds, and see how the organisms in each live.
They may study their migration, their eating habits; the toxins given out by certain fish... the possibilities are almost endless! Humanitarian and so adventurous – what an exciting combination!
What do they do?
As a Marine Biologist, you will be studying and/or caring for marine animals.
You might be exploring underwater, looking for undocumented animals, or you may be doing research, such as watching the interactions between different fish, and tracking migration patterns of animals.
Or you might be more interested in the effect which environmental and climate change has on the animals. A lot of biologists are concerned about climate change, and how it affects the oceanic ecosystem.
You may work with a team, or on your own. You could be working with engineers, technicians, and scientists from other disciplines. You may also act as a consultant for government organisation, become a professor for a college, or even develop new underwater technologies.
Some biologists work at large aquariums, caring for the animals there, while others work in environmental agencies. Some even move into management positions at fisheries and aquariums.
● Must be strong in biology
● Communication skills
● Active listening skills
● Observational skills
● Analytical skills
Apart from these, a sense of adventure and a love for marine animals never hurts.
How do I get there?
At a school level, you must take Physics, Chemistry and, most importantly, Biology in Class 11.
An entry level job requires you to have done at least a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. A Master’s degree equips you to attain the more lucrative consulting, teaching and research jobs.
For college level teaching, you must complete your Ph.D in Marine Biology.
Pros & Cons about this career
Being a Marine Biologist is an exciting job, with a lot of opportunities to learn, to explore, and to help in preventing the destruction of the environment.
It can be hard to find a job for this career, and it is only available in select places. Additionally, you may have to do a lot of volunteer work.