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MARINE SCIENTIST: Examining The Interactions Of Biology, Chemistry & The Ocean

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Jason, a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, examines microbiology at and below the sea floor. Much of his time is spent on cruises, using cool technology like robots and drilling to get bacteria samples. At 8 years old he was given a book on Jacques Cousteau, and fell in love with oceans and marine biology. He advises: pay attention to the stuff you think is boring. He didn't like chemistry in high school, and now he uses it all the time!

School: Brandeis University ; Rutgers University - Brandeis University
Degree: Marine Biology - Oceanography
Job Title: Research Scientist / Assistant Professor
Employer: University of Southern California

Job Summary: Microbiologists

Job Description

Microbiologists study the growth, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi. Most microbiologists work in research and development. Many conduct basic research with the aim of increasing scientific knowledge. Others conduct applied research, using knowledge from basic research to develop new products or solve particular problems.

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A bachelor’s degree in microbiology or a closely related field is needed for entry-level microbiologist jobs. A Ph.D. is needed to carry out independent research and to work in colleges and universities.

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Average salary
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$40,000 - $115,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
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Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Technical skills

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m='12070'>on</span> <span m='12260'>cruises</span> <span m='12720'>and</span> <span m='12840'>collecting</span> <span m='13060'>samples</span> <span m='13730'>using</span> <span m='14070'>robots,</span> <span m='14480'>and</span> <span m='14890'>sometimes</span> <span m='15210'>drilling,</span> <span m='16162'>and taking</span> <span m='16638'>them back</span> <span m='17114'>to the</span> <span m='17590'>lab,</span> <span m='18066'>where I</span> <span m='18542'>spend</span> <span m='19018'>the</span> <span m='19500'>rest of</span> <span m='19570'>my time</span> <span m='20370'>doing</span> <span m='20650'>different</span> <span m='20910'>techniques</span> <span m='21320'>to</span> <span m='21430'>see</span> <span m='21660'>what</span> <span m='21900'>kind</span> <span m='22180'>of</span> <span m='22550'>bacteria</span> <span m='22990'>might be</span> <span m='23430'>living in</span> <span m='23870'>the samples, and</span> <span m='24310'>what they do.</span> </p><p><span m='25630'>It's</span> <span m='26060'>a</span> <span m='26150'>little</span> <span m='26340'>cheesy,</span> <span m='26720'>but</span> <span m='26990'>when</span> <span m='27180'>I</span> <span m='27280'>was</span> <span m='27720'>like,</span> <span m='27940'>eight,</span> <span m='28690'>I</span> <span m='29010'>was given</span> <span m='29330'>a</span> <span m='29550'>Jacques Cousteau</span> <span m='29790'>book,</span> <span m='30010'>and</span> <span m='30160'>I</span> <span m='30250'>just</span> <span m='30690'>fell</span> <span m='30860'>in love</span> <span m='31010'>with</span> <span m='31240'>the</span> <span m='31360'>oceans,</span> <span m='32310'>and</span> <span m='32780'>knew</span> <span m='33080'>I</span> <span m='33130'>wanted</span> <span m='33360'>to</span> <span m='33440'>be,</span> <span m='33620'>like,</span> <span m='33790'>a</span> <span m='33840'>marine</span> <span m='34080'>biologist,</span> <span m='34810'>so</span> <span m='35010'>I</span> <span m='35100'>went</span> <span m='35280'>to</span> <span m='35380'>college,</span> <span m='36320'>majored</span> <span m='36730'>in</span> <span m='36900'>biology</span> <span m='37870'>to</span> <span m='37970'>get</span> <span m='38250'>kind</span> <span m='38390'>of</span> <span m='38480'>a</span> <span m='38540'>good</span> <span m='38700'>foundation.</span> <span m='39890'>And</span> <span m='39960'>then</span> <span m='40370'>in</span> <span m='40510'>graduate</span> <span m='40880'>school,</span> <span m='41180'>I</span> <span m='41370'>studied</span> <span m='41840'>oceanography,</span> <span m='42316'>and</span> <span m='43268'>expanded</span> <span m='43744'>into</span> <span m='44220'>understanding</span> <span m='44696'>how biology</span> <span m='45172'>interacts</span> <span m='45648'>with the</span> <span m='46124'>geology</span> <span m='46600'>and chemistry</span> <span m='47076'>of the</span> <span m='47552'>ocean.</span> </p><p><span m='48830'>What</span> <span 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