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How do you start a career in Marine biology?

As far as careers I am interested in marine biology and the Navy. I am currently in the 11th grade after school I plan to either attend college or join the Navy afterwards.

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Gina J.’s Answer

Hi Kyla -

I'm glad to hear that you have a clear goal in mind! There is no one right way to reach your goal, but here are a few things you can do:

Reach out to your local institutions, such as research centers, to see if they have any internship or volunteer opportunities available. If there are none near you, there are also many remote online opportunities. Sometimes, these opportunities are not posted publicly because they have limited spots and don't want to be overwhelmed with applications.
To demonstrate your interest in your goal, start a blog based on your research, write a research paper, or join interest groups. You could even host your own interest group. This will help you build a library of knowledge and demonstrate your genuine interest in the topic.
I'm confident that you will achieve your goal with hard work and dedication.

I am sure you will be great!
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Kyla !

I think that your question is very interesting. You pose a situation that needs great consideration but if I can give you some advice, maybe it could help a little. You mention two avenues you are considering : academic college and/or military service in the Navy. These are two greatly different and admirable experiences which you must weigh completely before making a decision. It's not clear though if you are trying to choose one or the other or if you plan to do both. Join the navy after high school ? or after college ? or while in college ?

The full academic experience on your way to becoming a Marine Biologist will afford you a life in which you can handle some semesters as you choose your course load, knowing how much work it will be. You will have your free time to study when you choose, socialize when you choose, sleep when you choose. You will have supports on campus to assist you with things. You would have to get at the minimum a Masters Degree. If you get that, the work that follows will keep you very busy. I'm not saying don't join the Navy, but you may be eager to go straight into working at your career and that will take up a lot of time.

You also may choose, instead of working, to join the Navy. There is no guarantee what work you'll be assigned and how physically and time demanding it will be. My suggestion is to read up a lot about what the Navy life is like, how much of your time will be taken up with it and make a decision as to how soon you want to actually be a working as a Marine Biologist. It's up to you to decide based on all these factors. Learn about the commitments that you will need to fulfill in the Navy. It would also be a good idea to speak with a Naval Recruiter in person to get a clear picture of what daily life is like being in the Navy.

Whatever you decide, I wish you all the best in school and for a very successful career as a Marine Biologist !
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Aloc’s Answer

Hello Kyla,

First off, I want to share that my educational journey included a school with a solid foundation in Marine Science. Even though I pursued an Engineering degree, I had the opportunity to take a few marine science classes, and I must say, they were absolutely thrilling! If you're considering college after high school, I wholeheartedly encourage you to chase that dream! Aim for a school renowned for its Marine Science department, something you can easily find out with a bit of research on your preferred College or University.

I'd also like to share some insights from my friends who majored in this field. To sum it up in a few words; Marine Science is an exciting field of study that takes you right into the heart of the sea for research. You'll learn heaps about unique species, their habitats, and various geographical locations. It's a vast and diverse field, offering you the freedom to choose your specific area of interest.
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