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What are the possibilities with a Marine Biology and/or Ecology degrees?

I am going to school in Hawaii in order to pursue a Marine Biology degree and I am considering switching to an Ecology degree because I really enjoy Ecology. #career-path #marine-biology #ecologist

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Bryce’s Answer

Hi Julianna,

I was a marine science major for two years before switching to education, but I have a fairly good idea of what opportunities are available in the field. It all starts with what do you want to do what is your passion? If you are interested in doing research there are plenty of opportunities to do research from effects of climate change on the ocean to organismal research, but may require widespread travel. If you are interested in working with animals then a lot of marine biologists will pursue training or zoologists careers at zoos/aquariums. If you are interested in staying a little more grounded their government jobs whether it is the EPA or a wildlife conservation funds that provide wide spread opportunities in both marine biology and ecology.

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Further research careers in marine biology/ecology
Reach out to professionals in each area to give further insight
Set your career path and finish bachelor's degree
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Ken’s Answer

Hi Julianna!


You asked a very important question.


Here is some helpful information:
http://marinebio.org/oceans/marine-ecology/
https://marineecologist.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/marine-ecology-or-marine-biology-whats-the-difference/
https://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?id=54
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/oceanage/03etnoyer/welcome.html


Best of luck! Please keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress!

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