Marine Biologists (Emerging)

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Marine Biologists (Emerging)

Marine Biologists (Emerging) - Preparation

To work as a marine biologist, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • complete a bachelor's degree in marine biology or a related field; and
  • complete a master's or doctoral degree in marine biology.

Education after high school

With a bachelor's degree in marine biology or a related field you can be a research assistant. You usually need a master's degree in marine biology for jobs in research. In marine biology, you study life science, chemistry, math, and computer science. You also learn to work in the field studying salt-water organisms.

You must have a doctoral degree (PhD) to lead research projects and teach at a college or university. Most academic and research positions also require research experience. Training in teaching and writing is also helpful.

Many colleges and universities have bachelor's degree programs in biology. Fewer have doctoral and master's programs.

Work experience

It is a good idea to get experience in the field as soon as possible. Summer positions are available for college and high school students.

After completing a doctoral degree, some marine biologists choose to research at a university. Here you gain extensive experience. This position can lead to a job as a professor at a university.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.