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Job Description - What will I do?

Marine Biologiosts study microorganisms, plant and animal life in the ocean and on the shoreline.  They conduct research in laboratories and at sea on research boats.  They study areas such as Coral reefs, effects of pollution and levels of stocks of fish species.  Usually works a basic 39 hour week, Monday to Friday, and be longer especially on field trips.  Much of the work is laboratory but some time may be spent on research vessels or offshore platforms at sea.  This involves spending time away from home, sometimes for long periods.  You may work as part of a team but may also work alone.  This requires accuracy and patience.


Two to three A Levels including Biology and preferably Chemistry, Maths or Physics.  GCSE's (A* - C) usually including English, Maths and Double Award Science. 

Relevant Subjects

Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, ICT, Mathematics, Physics, Science

Entry and Training

A degree course lasting three or four years.  Training continues through practical experience in the workplace together with short residential courses.  Queens University offers this course.


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Work Experience

Entry to this job is competitive.  It is important that you get some relevant work or voluntary experience before applying to a job and university.

Salary - How much will I get paid?

Pay varies depending on location and employer.  A newly qualified marine biologist can earn between £17,000 and £20,000 a year, rising to £25,000 - 330,000 with experience.  Those at the top of their field earn in excess of £60,000 a year.

Skills and Qualities

Marine Biologists need to be able to report accurately, able to show initiative, able to work alone and as part of a team and to show analytical skills.  IT skills, numeracy skills, being observant, patient and having a scientific approach are all necessary.

Similar Jobs

Biologist, Diver, Ecologist, Geologist and Oceanographer

Further Information

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council


Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science


 Challenger Society for Marine Science

 Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology


Marine Biological Association


Natural Environment Research Council



School Noticeboards promoting Marine Biology