I find that fields that have to do with the study of other organisms other than humans are some of the most fascinating out there and marine biology is no exception. As a marine biologist you will study life under the sea and become fully submerged with that environment. It’s both humbling and breath-taking how different, yet similar, the ecosystems are under the surface. As biologist it is your job to take a look at all kinds of organisms; not just animals, but plant life too.
If you’re interested in becoming a marine biologist then you must be prepared for all of the responsibilities. While you are studying life under the sea much of your time will be spent in a lab analyzing samples, data, etc. This is all to get a better understanding of what you’re dealing with as making several trips under the surface can get very expensive. The great thing about being a marine biologist though is that the job never ceases to bring new and refreshing challenges. Even with the aid of modern-day technology, what lies underneath the surface is still, for the most part, a giant mystery.
Biology itself is a very popular course that I’m sure you have taken at least once throughout your education thus far, but that’s not all you need to know. Other fields of study like chemistry, physics, ecology, geology, and anatomy are heavily used as well. Depending on the employer, some marine biologists are restricted to studying only a certain area or region; having a good understanding of ecology is greatly beneficial for this exact reason.
So if you’re interested in becoming a marine biologist you’re probably curious about how much education you will need. Just the term ‘biologist’ makes it appear you will only find employment if you have a PhD, but this is not the case. A Bachelor’s degree is only needed for entry-level jobs. With a Bachelor’s degree you will start at the bottom as a lab assistant or something of that sort, and work your way up the food chain. However, more extensive degrees are definitely recommended, but nothing beats experience.
Keep in mind, you do not have to be a marine biologist to display your love for marine biology. There are several magazines, websites, museums, etc. that hire people with a great understanding of marine biology. You might even find your spot as a journalist who writes strictly about sea life. But if you are wanting to be marine biologist, you’re going to want to attend the right school. As of right now, Harvard and Cornell are the two top colleges for marine biology.