One can enter the field with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology or a related biological science field, but because the field is competitive, job prospects will be better for those with advanced degrees, such as a master’s degree. Volunteer work and internships will also help get a job in this field. Because the field is diverse, students may create more opportunities for themselves by specializing in a specific area of marine biology, such as sharks or coral reefs. According to the Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, most marine biologists have a specialty , since the field is so broad. As explained by the Marine Science Institute, those interested in marine biology can work as researchers, professors, lobbyists, natural resource managers, aquarium employees, or consultants.
Picture yourself as a research assistant at the Gerace Research Center in the Bahamas, examining corals and diverse marine species both in the lab and out in the open ocean. Or maybe you'd like to venture thousands of miles to Fiji to study the biology and behavior of multiple species of shark, up close in a controlled underwater setting. Tag sea turtles on moonlit beaches in Costa Rica or kayak with orcas in British Columbia. Our marine science programs for high school students – from live-aboard odysseys to land and water-based adventures – are led by experienced instructors and offer the chance to work alongside professional field scientists.
Across extraordinary underwater ecosystems, on yachts and beaches that double as labs, and in mangrove channels, straits and protected coves, prepare to experience the thrill of discovery and the rewards of life as a marine biologist, all while learning the necessary skills to start your journey.