What can I do with my course in marine biology?
Careers in marine biology
As marine biologist you study the origin, structure, functions and behaviour of all forms of life in the sea and connected rivers and lakes, and their interactions with the environment.
You may find work opportunities in both the public and private sectors, in areas such as marine conservation, marine biology and ecology, marine environmental assessment, fisheries assessment, tourism, education, aquaculture, marine and coastal management and estuaries assessment and management.
You can look for roles such as marine biologist, environmental manager, research scientist, marine laboratory assistant, marine tour guide, marine education officer, fish farmer, environmental consultant, water quality officer and waterways manager.
A higher research qualification will help your career progression in field or laboratory research roles and in scientific writing.
Skills and attributes
You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in marine biology:
- Problem-solving and analytical proficiency
- Investigation and research techniques
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Project management skills
- Good communication skills
- Able to relate to people and the environment
- A high degree of motivation and self-discipline
- Ability to swim and scuba dive for fieldwork jobs
Related roles include:
- Research scientist
- Conservation biologist
- Environmental ecologist
- Environmental educator
- Marine biology consultant
- Scientific Consultant (Government or private industry)
- Fisheries officer
- Aquaculture manager
Salary and job outlook
You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for marine biology graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.
Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.
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