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MARINE SCIENTIST, IN-DEPTH: Having The Ocean As Your Office Is Amazing

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Jason, a Research Scientist who examines microbiology at and below the sea floor, describes what he loves most about his work, its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and work-life balance. It can be tough to get into academia but if you love the subject area, there are many other opportunities in the environmental field, such as renewable energy and industry.

School: Brandeis University ; Brandeis University - Rutgers 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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Additional Info

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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $115,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, Mathematical skills
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<span m='11860'>office</span> <span m='12670'>is</span> <span m='12850'>amazing.</span> <span m='13270'>And I</span> <span m='13560'>love the</span> <span m='13690'>technology</span> <span m='14290'>that</span> <span m='14440'>we</span> <span m='14530'>get</span> <span m='14720'>to</span> <span m='14770'>use,</span> <span m='15140'>and</span> <span m='15920'>robots,</span> <span m='16175'>and it's</span> <span m='16430'>really</span> <span m='16580'>exciting.</span> </p><p><span m='17660'>The</span> <span m='17740'>hard</span> <span m='18030'>part</span> <span m='18270'>is</span> <span m='18540'>it's</span> <span m='18790'>really</span> <span m='18990'>hard</span> <span m='19220'>work.</span> <span m='19680'>I work</span> <span m='19940'>very</span> <span m='20090'>long</span> <span m='20340'>hours.</span> <span m='21720'>And</span> <span m='22200'>you get</span> <span m='22370'>told</span> <span m='22690'>no</span> <span m='22980'>a</span> <span m='23110'>lot.</span> <span m='23490'>So</span> <span m='23670'>you</span> <span m='23790'>have</span> <span m='23980'>to</span> <span m='24280'>have</span> <span m='24550'>a thick</span> <span m='24870'>skin</span> <span m='25130'>and</span> <span m='26110'>really</span> <span m='26600'>kind</span> <span m='26780'>of</span> <span m='26870'>believe in your</span> <span m='27210'>ideas</span> <span m='27570'>and</span> <span m='27930'>not</span> <span m='28374'>take things</span> <span m='28818'>personally.</span> </p><p><span m='30150'>It's</span> <span m='30540'>hard to</span> <span m='30590'>get a</span> <span m='31280'>job</span> <span m='31530'>in</span> <span m='31590'>my</span> <span m='31720'>field,</span> <span m='32290'>I</span> <span m='32400'>think,</span> <span m='32659'>specifically</span> <span m='33350'>in</span> <span m='33520'>academics,</span> <span m='34220'>if</span> <span m='34320'>you</span> <span m='34430'>want</span> <span m='34550'>to</span> <span m='34600'>be</span> <span m='34720'>a</span> <span m='34770'>professor.</span> <span m='35310'>However,</span> <span m='36450'>that</span> <span m='36650'>doesn't</span> <span m='36870'>mean</span> <span m='37320'>you</span> <span m='37440'>shouldn't</span> <span m='37830'>pursue</span> <span m='37940'>that</span> <span m='38545'>if</span> <span m='38840'>you</span> <span m='39100'>love</span> <span m='39300'>it.</span> <span m='39480'>And</span> <span m='39780'>also,</span> <span m='40080'>there's</span> <span m='40290'>a</span> <span m='40340'>lot</span> <span m='40540'>of</span> <span m='40800'>opportunities</span> <span m='41470'>that</span> <span m='41620'>are</span> <span m='41700'>not</span> <span m='41920'>academics,</span> <span m='42420'>like</span> <span m='42580'>industry,</span> <span m='43860'>where</span> <span m='44250'>it's</span> <span m='44500'>a</span> <span m='44560'>lot</span> <span m='44790'>easier</span> <span m='45030'>to</span> <span m='45100'>get</span> <span m='45290'>jobs</span> <span m='45690'>that</span> <span m='45950'>are</span> <span m='46421'>really good jobs.</span> <span m='46892'>And</span> <span m='47363'>so</span> <span m='47834'>there's a</span> <span m='48305'>lot of</span> <span m='48776'>interest</span> <span m='49247'>just</span> <span m='49718'>in</span> <span m='50189'>renewable fuels,</span> <span m='51602'>in</span> <span m='52080'>finding</span> <span m='52680'>oil,</span> <span m='53440'>and</span> <span m='53770'>energy</span> <span m='54060'>in</span> <span m='54350'>general.</span> <span m='54785'>And</span> <span m='55220'>so</span> <span m='55430'>there's</span> <span m='55860'>a</span> <span m='55940'>lot</span> <span m='56100'>of</span> <span m='56170'>areas,</span> <span m='56430'>if</span> <span m='56690'>you're interested</span> <span m='57189'>in the</span> <span m='57688'>environment,</span> <span m='58187'>where</span> <span m='59185'>you can</span> <span m='59684'>get jobs</span> <span m='60183'>that are not</span> <span m='61181'>specifically</span> <span m='61680'>academics,</span> <span m='62678'>which is</span> <span m='63177'>also</span> <span m='63676'>not someplace</span> <span m='64175'>you're looking.</span> </p><p><span m='64674'>Work-life</span> <span m='65173'>balance.</span> <span m='65672'>So that</span> <span m='66670'>question</span> <span m='67169'>comes at an</span> <span m='67668'>interesting time.</span> <span m='68167'>I have</span> <span m='68666'>a</span> <span m='69664'>four-month-old</span> <span m='70662'>son.</span> <span m='71161'>So my</span> <span m='71660'>work-life</span> <span m='72159'>balance</span> <span m='72658'>has changed a lot.</span> <span m='73180'>I</span> <span m='73260'>used</span> <span m='73450'>to</span> <span m='73530'>work</span> <span m='74500'>probably</span> <span m='75040'>60</span> <span m='75380'>to</span> <span m='75470'>80</span> <span m='75790'>hours</span> <span m='76420'>a</span> <span m='76480'>week.</span> <span m='77540'>That's</span> <span m='78318'>not</span> <span m='78816'>as much</span> <span m='79314'>anymore.</span> <span m='81306'>I think</span> <span m='81804'>it's a</span> <span m='82310'>struggle.</span> <span m='82665'>Like, no matter</span> <span m='83020'>what your</span> <span m='83100'>job</span> <span m='83380'>is,</span> <span m='83540'>you</span> <span m='83640'>have</span> <span m='83850'>to</span> <span m='83990'>figure</span> <span m='84260'>out</span> <span m='84390'>what's</span> <span m='84490'>best</span> <span m='84800'>for</span> <span m='84910'>you.</span> <span m='85370'>You have to work</span> <span m='85620'>hard</span> <span m='85800'>enough.</span> </p><p><span m='86275'>But</span> <span m='86750'>you have to have</span> <span m='87225'>a life.</span> <span m='88650'>You</span> <span m='89125'>have to have</span> <span m='89600'>a hobby that's</span> <span m='90075'>not related</span> <span m='90550'>to work</span> <span m='91025'>that</span> <span m='91500'>makes you</span> <span 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