Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Marine Biology:


Consider these types of employers:

  • National Parks
  • State and city government
  • Federal Government:
    • US Geological Survey
    • Natural Resource Conservation
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    • National Science Foundation
  • Zoos, Aquariums and museums
  • Wild life refuges/sanctuaries
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Government Hatcheries and Shellfish operations
  • Nonprofit research facilities
  • Environmental Consulting firms
  • Educational and Scientific software firms
  • Water management
  • Petroleum, Chemical, Civil Engineering, etc industry
  • There is often overlap of job functions however, many marine scientists find advantages in becoming more specialized in one of the major subfields
  • Seek laboratory experience and research opportunities with professors
  • Participate in summer research programs to gain experience
  • Obtain a Master’s degree to become more specialized
  • Government jobs are available on
  • Finding a Marine Biology job is hard and time consuming, don’t give up.
  • Find a career focus, but keep your mind open 
  • Read, write and get experience

  • Make a section for technical and professional experience.
  • Make a section for Achievements and awards
  • Include information about research projects, papers, lab experience, etc to show experience/dedication/specialization in the field.
  • Include any certificates/training (such as diving, scuba, emergency responder, etc)

  • How is marine biology different from other sciences? State advantages and disadvantages.
  • Why do you want to pursue a career in marine biology?
  • Take note that oceanography, molecular biology and environmental management are related occupations to the field.
  • What experiences triggered you to pursue marine biology?
  • What have you done to improve your marine biology knowledge within the past year?
  • Did the salary offered, attract you to this marine biology position? (salary is a factor, but the employer may be trying to determine how passionate and serious about the position you are)

Career Resources for Marine Biology Majors:

Marine Biology Degree Types:

Marine Biology MS

Biology MS

Oceanography MS

Marine Science and Conservation MS

Coastal Science MS

Career Paths:

  • Master’s Degree: 
    •  Aquarist
    • Oceanographer
    • Education Specialist
    • Marine Biologist
    • Researcher
    • Marine Archaeologist
  • PhD:
    • Researcher
    • Professor
    • Marine Scientist

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Median Salary:$57,710

Outlook: +5% (slower than average)

Post-secondary Teachers

Median Salary:$68,970

Outlook: +19% (faster than average)

Biological Technicians

Median Salary:$39,750

Outlook: +10% (average)


Median Salary:$66,260

Outlook:+7% (slower than average)

Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Median Salary:$59,060

Outlook:+3% (slower than average)

Animal Care and Service Workers

Median Salary:$19,970

Outlook:+3% (slower than average)