The field of marine biology, the study of organisms within their environment of an ocean, lake, or river, has a very broad range of occupations. Marine biologists try to discover how organisms grow and develop, how they get food, how their bodies function, and how their life relations correspond to other organisms. They also use laboratory experiments to increase knowledge of human life processes. This is a great career for me to enter because there are so many opportunities to pursue my own specific interests while still having the option of working in the environment that best suits my lifestyle.
The study of marine biology began as early as 1200 BC on voyages by the Phoenicians. Aristotle is considered to be the father of marine biology and was the first to record observations of marine life. Years later, Sir Charles Wyville Thomson went on a three year voyage and returned with 30,000 pages of observations; he later created the field of oceanography. He also discovered 4,717 new species on his journey. This long history of development has created the successful field of marine biology which is a major function in life today.
Although marine biology is an important career, the actual job outlook is not very good. Unfortunately the supply of marine scientists exceeds the demand for experts in this field. Marine biologists are employed in aquariums, museums, colleges, and several private firms. However, government jobs are limited and job availability at these other locations is very limited and competitive. Overall, the entire field is fairly restricted because of the small demand. After college, it is customary for graduates to begin at very low levels and work their way up to a higher-ranking job. In order to be successful in this field, a great deal of education is required. Before pushing a marine biology major, it is important that the student possesses certain qualifications. It is necessary to enjoy science, specifically chemistry...
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