The field of marine biology is very similar to other fields of biology, but the sources along with the targeted study are different. Like the name suggests, a marine biologist works in the field of research and study of life forms (including plant life) that flourish under the sea.

Most of the aspects of study can be accommodated in 3 facets as follows:
Study of the habitat and all the major and minor factors affecting it
Study of animals along with the plant life (flora and fauna)
Life cycle and scope

The roles and responsibilities of marine biologists focus on the cycle - observation, research and experimentation. A major part of their working includes performing experiments in a controlled and calculated nature to understand all the factors, and this forms a basis of further exploration. Mostly, they are required to take specimen to laboratories to conduct experiments and for research purposes.

With the knowledge of sea creatures and plant life, they work as a part of rescue missions and other emergency issues related to sea (including oil spills).

Education Based Requirements

Bachelor’s degrees and masters degrees are offered at many universities and colleges. Degrees in biology and other related fields can also offer opportunities in the field of marine biology. Theoretical aspects involve a lot of online education while practical training is adjusted via laboratory work and visits.

Job Prospects

The exciting field of being a marine biologist however doesn’t have a very good employment outlook, but researchers who are fascinated with marine life can choose this field after working in other scientific fields.

Many marine biologists often author books, journals and even articles in science based magazines. This field also offers many excellent opportunities for paper presentations during seminars and conferences. The teaching field offers many employment opportunities to folks who have completed masters in marine biology. Salary aspects are decent and pay packages increase with experience. These biologists often form a part of TV programs and documentaries related to marine life.

Marine biologists often get to visit many exciting places in terms of flora and fauna. Government sectors and study projects also offer many opportunities to scientists excelling in marine life.

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