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What is Marine Biology? Related Career Titles
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UNCW Dept of Biology / Marine Biology

What is Marine Biology?

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The field of marine biology -- the study of marine organisms, their behaviors, and their interactions with the environment -- is considered one of the most all-encompassing fields of oceanography. To understand marine organisms and their behaviors completely, marine biologists must have a basic understanding of other aspects or "disciplines" of oceanography, such as chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, and geological oceanography. Therefore, marine biologists and biological oceanographers study these other fields throughout their careers, enabling them to take a "big picture" approach to doing research.

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Related Career Titles

Agronomist Environmental Engineer Marine/Fisheries Worker
Animal Scientist Environmental Protection Marine Geologist
Aquaculture Farmer Ergonomist Marine Sales
Aqua culturist Fish Hatchery Technician Marine Tourist Worker
Aquarium & Museum Worker Fisheries Conservationist Merchant Marine
Aquatic biologist Fishing Captain Water Transportation Worker
Barrier Beach Manager Forester Microbiologist
Bio-Engineer Genetic Engineer Mining & Petroleum Industry
Bio-Technologist Geographer Molecular Biologist
Boat Builder & Repair Tech Horticulturist Museum/Aquarium Admin.
Botanist Hydrographic Survey Tech. Mycologist
Chemical Oceanographer Industrial Marine Economist Naval Architect
Meteorologist Limnological Technician Net Designer
Coastal Resources Worker Marina Worker Oceanographer
Commercial Fishing Engineer Marine & Coastal Consultant Parasitologist
Coroner Marine Bacteriologist Pharmaceutical Salesperson
Ecologist Marine Biologist Port & Harbor Facilities Worker
Science Teacher Marine Ecologist Zoologist
Science Film Maker Test & Inspection Technician Wildlife Biologist
Science Illustrator / Writer Toxicologist Wildlife Resource Worker
Shipbuilder/Repair Underwater Technician Salt Marsh Manager
Soil Conservationist Veterinarian Science Laboratory Technician
Sport fisher Water Quality Technician Marine Engineering Technician
State Parks & Recreation Worker Fish Processor Marine Engineering Technician
Commercial Inland Water Transportation Worker Coastal Guest-House Proprietor

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Related Major Skills

Science & math ability Conduct research
Oral & written communication Curiosity
Ability to perform experiments Manual dexterity with scientific apparatus
Organize & maintain data Work independently or in small groups
Technological skills Reasoning by analogy

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Job & Internship Search Links

SeaWork (be sure to check out these links also in SeaWork: CareerShift,,, and GoinGlobal)

Job Search Resources

Ocean Jobs and Internships in Marine Biology

List of job websites

Marine Bio job listings

Graduate and postdoc opportunities mainly, many international

Biology jobs online including Marine Science jobs

The seafood industry jobs network

American Fisheries Society

Maritime Employment Opportunities

Science Careers at JobSearch


Mote Marine Laboratory college intern program. Click on Education, then College Interns

The school for field studies, semester and summer programs in various locations around the world

Theater of the Sea, internships involving marine mammals

Dolphin Institute dedicated to dolphin and whale education and research. Click on Participate.

Pacific whale foundation research internships in Hawaii and Australia. Click on Research Internships under Get Involved.

The New England Aquarium internships that present promote and protect the world of water

American Academy of Underwater Sciences "corporation composed of active diving scientists dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of standards of practice for scientific diving."

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Dolphins Plus in Key Largo, Florida offers many educational classes that may be taken at various times. Information can be sent for internships.

Dolphin Research Center

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation: Promoting marine conservation through education and research in New England

Bodega Marine Laboratory: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Marine Science

Darling Marine Center at The University of Maine

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, Dominica, West Indies

Duke University Marine Lab

Volunteer and Internship opportunities in the Florida Keys Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU) at the College of Charleston

Internships in Marine Biology

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Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

List of sites describing different careers within Marine Biology

List of sites describing careers within Marine Biology

Hopkins Marine Station provided informational links on Marine careers Science, Math, and Engineering Career Resources

Dolphin Research Center (numerous links to related sites )

Marine Biology and Fisheries

Careers in oceanography, marine science and marine biology

Marine Biology Web

Career Fields


Journal of Young Investigators Science Career Center

Marine Careers

Science Careers Web

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Professional Association Links

American Zoo and Aquarium Association

International Marine Animal Trainers Association (Chicago)


Scripps Institute of Oceanography

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

American Society of Plant Physiologists

The Aquatic Plant Management Society

International Water Association

International Marine Mammal Association

National Association of Marine Laboratories

North American Lake Management Society

The Oceanography Society

Society of Wetland Scientists

Water Environment Federation

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Miscellaneous Resources

UNCW Post-Graduate Survey - coming soon

World Wide Web Journal of Biology

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