What does a Marine Biologist do?

A Biologist is a scientist that studies different lifeforms from around the globe. Biologists can work for a multitude of various institutions and corporations with some working independently. A Biologist's typical role inside an institution or company is to research, catalog, observe or dissect the different processes and behaviors of specific animals or organisms to best understand and utilize them for the betterment of society.

A Biologist will usually have a four-year degree in Biology, Microbiology, Botany or related field. Advanced degrees such as a Masters or Doctorate are highly prized in the industry. Scientific studies require very tight standards for the collection of data for it to be valid for publication. A person who has great attention to detail is highly desired. A large amount of patience is also necessary to be successful as a Biologist on account of the duration and depth of experiments and observations.

What responsibilities are common for Marine Biologist jobs?
  • Identify useful areas of biological exploration or experimentation
  • Design experiments or observations strategies to gain insight on subjects
  • Utilize company assets to facilitate experiments or observations
  • Record and backup all data faithfully and accurately
  • Interpret all data objectively without bias
  • Consolidate findings in reports to be distributed to management or publications
  • Retest finding upon request
  • Collaborate with other biologist on larger projects
What are the typical qualifications for Marine Biologist jobs?
  • Advanced degree (preferred)
  • 5+ years in a scientific role
  • Experience utilizing various laboratory equipment and tools
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and achieve deadlines
  • Willingness to travel on occasion
  • Motivated to work safely and accurately
  • Laboratory Biological Hazard Certification
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Marine Biologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£32,733 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £33K
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Marine Biologist Career Path

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Read what Marine Biologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
U.S. Department of AgricultureU.S. Department of Agriculture
Seasonal Wildlife Technician
12 Sept 2021

“This is a great opportunity if you want to work outdoors and gain practical skills for wildlife roles.”

US Fish and Wildlife ServiceUS Fish and Wildlife Service
21 Oct 2021

“Future career goals weren’t supported and I was cut off from participating in just about anything that would have helped in attaining those goals.”

17 Sept 2020

“Good people and experiences.”

Bio-Reference LabsBio-Reference Labs
Laboratory Aide
31 Aug 2021

“opening and given me a new perspective on what I want out of my career.”

Molecular Biologist
5 Jul 2021

“Low salary but good for a beginner.”

Queen Mary, University of LondonQueen Mary, University of London
Molecular Biologist
10 Nov 2020

“Collaborations are promoted and there are many courses and events for personal development.”

Associate Biologist
16 Jul 2021

“Little room for career growth and career development in Quality Control.”

Senior Biologist
26 Nov 2020

“Wonderful place to growth and enhance your career.”

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