5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Becoming a Marine Biologist
- Hero of the Environment
- Incredible Research Subjects
- In Good Company
The environment is heading in a rough direction. With 70% of our Earth consisting of water, the sea is sure to feel the first affects. Ocean acidification, for example, is already becoming a problem. With the decrease in pH and the increase in the water’s acidity, coral is beginning to die out–coral the base of so much life in the sea. Research on coral and how it might be made possible for it to grow in such horrific conditions would in turn save the whole ocean. It is also true that the rising temperatures of the oceans and seas are changing many ecosystems as we know it. Research must be done in order to save all oceanic life. Through the work done by a marine biologist, you could be the hero of the ocean.
One never knows where the years will take them when one decides to become a marine biologist. Will you be scouting mangroves in order to study the social habits of dolphins? Perhaps your work will take you all the way to the arctic to research the effects that the melting glaciers are having on greenlings. The career of a marine biologist can take a person anywhere, from the coasts of the Bahamas all the way to the depths of the Indian Ocean. Boat rides, submarine travels, and scuba dives all pepper the life of a marine biologist.
While some people might sit at a desk all day, analyzing demographics or ways that a company may save some money, marine biologists have something much more fun and interesting to serve their attention. Perhaps a trip to the cape is needed to study a rare species of crab. Perhaps an unknown bacteria is eating away at a Caribbean coral reef. Sailfish and marlins wait to be studied. Of course there are the more mysterious undersea organisms that wait for inspection too–creatures like eels, sea snakes, and sea turtles. Oceanic mammals like porpoises and whales must be followed and researched. Even sea birds like egrets are mysteries to unfold. To be a marine biologist is to study life, and not only life, but the most mysterious life out there, the life of the sea.
Not only is the job of a marine biologist a diverse and exciting one, it is a career that pays well. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of biological science is set to grow at a rate of 21% between the years of 2008 and 2018. This means the amount of jobs available to a biological scientist will rise from 91,300 to 110,500. This means an increase of over 19,000 jobs! In short, things are looking good in the world of employment. The median salary of a marine biologist rests at $55,290 a year, not a bad deal at all. In fact, the top 10% of wildlife biologists earn a staggering $90,850 a year. It’s hard to say no to an enjoyable career that can yield that much money.
Lastly, if you decide to become a marine biologist, you will be joining the ranks of one of the most famous adventurers of all time, Jaques Cousteau. This man, along with engineer Emile Gagnan, created the Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA). It is because of Cousteau that we are able to roam the jungles of the sea. Not only that, but Cousteau, together with his crew on the ship Calypso, educated the world on water pollution, overfishing, and other environmental concerns that were hereto unknown. If you decide to become a marine biologist, you too could make a name for yourself–you too could make a dent in this great world.
Posted: January 30th, 2012 under Uncategorized.