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Investigate the ocean’s organisms, ecosystems, and/or its chemical and physical environment through fieldwork, lab work, or a mix of both.
Marine Research includes...
- Marine Biology
- Physical Oceanography
- Chemical oceanography
- and more!
Investigate and survey plots on the ocean floor using remote sensing or SCUBA diving to understand and preserve underwater historical sites.
Day-to-day jobs include...
- Conduct remote sensing at sea
- Drive a boat to field sites
- Maintain or repair equipment
- Write grants and reports
Good fit if you like...
- Creativity and critical thinking
- Teamwork and communication
- Technical skills in math and physics
Organizations that hire include...
- Academic research institutions
- Marine sanctuaries
Conduct inspections and patrol on shore and at-sea to ensure proper fisheries management and adherence to marine laws for the conservation of marine species and their environment.
Organization that hire include...
- EPA, NOAA
- The Costal Guard
- State fish and wildlife departments
Live aboard a fishing vessel, collecting data on what is caught and discarded as well as supporting fishing and safety compliance onboard.
This job can become a career OR a great first step into...
- Commercial fishing
- Field research
- Environmental law
Aquatic Veterinarians provide medical diagnoses and care for the wellbeing of fish and aquatic animals.
Aquatic Vets work at...
- Zoos or aquariums
- Marine rehabilitation centers
- Research Institutions
Manage the breeding, raising, and farming of finfish, crustaceans, mollusks, and aquatic plants for human use.
Aquaculture combines ...
- Marine science
- Data management