In Summary - Marine Biologist
Marine Biologists typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Marine Biologist
Marine biologists study plants, animals and micro-organisms that live in the sea. Because oceans and seas are vitally important to life on Earth, marine biologists examine environmental damage, and find out if humans are making safe use of the sea's resources. Much of the work is laboratory based but some time may be spent on research vessels or on field trips at sea.
Marine biologists gather samples and data at sea. For example, they may catch fish and see if they have absorbed dangerous levels of radiation from nuclear waste dumped at sea. In the laboratory, they use equipment like electron microscopes to look at the samples. They present significant findings in reports, scientific journals or at conferences. A long-term project may look at the effect of pollution from an oil refinery on marine life.
A huge number of organisms live in the seas and oceans; many have benefits for humans. For example, biologists have found anti-cancer compounds in some sponge types. There is a continuing need to find out more about marine life and the sea's resources.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.
- Supervise biological technicians and technologists and other scientists.
- Program and use computers to store, process and analyze data.
- Prepare technical and research reports such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
- Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
- Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work.
- Represent employer in a technical capacity at conferences.
- Cultivate, breed, and grow aquatic life such as lobsters, clams, or fish.
- Study and manage wild animal populations.
- Study aquatic plants and animals and environmental conditions affecting them such as radioactivity or pollution.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Interests - Marine Biologist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
You must be able to work as a member of a team, especially at sea. You will also need to be able to work alone for long periods. You will need patience and steady hands to dissect microscopic organisms. Physical fitness is important for fieldwork.
Entry Requirements - Marine Biologist
Pay & Salary - Marine Biologist
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 25k - 55k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.