Working and Careers in Water and Aquatic Science
A marine biologist is a scientist who studies saltwater organisms and their relationship to the marine environment.
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A marine biologist may do work in the ocean, coastal wetlands, seashores, estuaries, or anywhere else there is saltwater. They may work on a boat, may SCUBA dive, use a submersible vessel, or study marine life from shore. A marine biologist may work in a laboratory, where they may examine tiny creatures under a microscope, on a large research vessel, or even at a marine life educational park and aquarium where they may work with dolphins and whales, fish, sea birds, invertebrates and many other animals in a giant marine tank at an aquarium. Marine biologists have at least a bachelor’s degree, and many also have a master’s or doctorate degree that gives them added options for exciting employment opportunities.