Many modern industries have an effect on the state of the world’s water systems and its wildlife. Marine Biologists study these effects on plant and animal life in rivers, lakes and seas. They may involved in testing and analysing water, assessing the levels of pollution, or in trying to find solutions to protect and conserve natural resources. Some of their work may involve studying climatic change or the development of new technology.
Working hours may vary in order to accommodate a particular experiment or study, and may involve working unsocial hours, spending periods away from home. Some work may be laboratory-based, but Marine Biologists may be required to spend periods undertaking fieldwork, outside in all weathers and conditions.
An interest in biology, chemistry and the natural world of rivers, lakes and seas is essential, as is an interest in environmental conservation in general. Marine Biologists must also be capable of using analytical and statistical problem-solving methods. Good written and verbal communication skills are required, together with the ability to work both as part of a team and alone for long periods. Physical fitness is an advantage for sample and data-gathering expeditions.
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