My daughter has already stated she wanted to be a marine biologist. She is 14 and knows more than most of the good LFS employees. She has done one paper on our systems at home and two others on the worlds oceans and reefs. When I'm on 12hrs I don't have to worry about all my systems because she is there. She can tell just by looking at the life in the systems if something is off.
I was working on Marine Biology.. until I actually worked in the field. I was fortunate enough to earn a position at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Fla. Mote is the national shark research institute. The work was exciting and fulfilling, but the paycheck was not. The money just isnt there, so it will be a hobby for life. I'd rather do medicine.
I have a professor at MSU who received his bachelors in marine biology from Miami. I think he found the same thing he had many internship just couldn't find a decent paying job. Now he's teaching classes on fisheries and wildlife management.
I am forced to worry about the same thing majoring in fisheries and wildlife (pretty much freshwater bio.).
The key is to get your foot in the door by taking as many internships as possible for experience and generally one of the organizations will offer you a job after you graduate.
reefwonders you got it good i wish i had some one who could just look at my tanks and know somethings up my mother who kept marine life for over 4 years cant even keep up with my systems and my sister who can is always with me if we go any where or she is at her house
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