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MARINE BIOLOGIST, AQUARIUM, IN-DEPTH: Best Part Is Connection People With The Animals

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Jon, a Marine Biologist at an Aquarium in a major city, who interprets the animals to guests of the Aquarium, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, his "aha!" moment, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and work-life balance.

Degree: Biology
Job Title: Marine Biologist

Job Summary: Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Job Description

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study the characteristics and habitats of animals and wildlife.

Zoologists and wildlife biologists use geographic information systems, modeling software, and other computer programs to estimate populations and track the behavior patterns of animals. They also use these programs to forecast the spread of invasive species, diseases, and other potential threats to wildlife.

Zoologists and wildlife biologists conduct research for a variety of purposes. For example, many zoologists and wildlife biologists work to increase knowledge and understanding of wildlife species. They also work closely with public officials to develop wildlife management and conservation plans to ensure species are protected from threats and animal populations remain at sustainable levels.

Most zoologists and wildlife biologists work on research teams with other scientists and technicians. For example, zoologists and wildlife biologists may work with environmental scientists and hydrologists to monitor the effects of water pollution on fish populations.

Many zoologists and wildlife biologists are identified by the types of species they study. The following are examples of those who specialize by species:

Entomologists study insects.
Herpetologists study reptiles and amphibians, such as snakes and frogs.
Ichthyologists study fish.
Mammalogists study mammals, such as monkeys and bears.
Ornithologists study birds.
Some wildlife biologists study animals by where they live. The following are examples of those who specialize by habitat:

Marine biologists study organisms that live in saltwater.
Limnologists study organisms that live in freshwater.
Other zoologists and wildlife biologists are identified by the aspects of zoology and wildlife biology they study, such as evolution and animal behavior. The following are some examples:

Ecologists study the ecosystem, which is the relationship between organisms and with the surrounding environment.
Evolutionary biologists study the origins of species and the changes in their inherited characteristics over generations.

On-the-Job Training

Little to none.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Organizational skills

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m='8810'>that</span> <span m='9220'>just</span> <span m='9410'>completely</span> <span m='10130'>blows</span> <span m='10680'>their</span> <span m='10910'>mind,</span> <span m='11910'>and</span> <span m='12230'>they get this</span> <span m='12590'>big</span> <span m='13210'>smile on their face.</span> <span m='13650'>And</span> <span m='13910'>so</span> <span m='14130'>they</span> <span m='14240'>learn</span> <span m='14530'>something.</span> <span m='15310'>And</span> <span m='15670'>I</span> <span m='15900'>get</span> <span m='16070'>to</span> <span m='16200'>feel</span> <span m='16420'>like</span> <span m='16870'>they</span> <span m='17500'>walk</span> <span m='17790'>away</span> <span m='18060'>with</span> <span m='18230'>a</span> <span m='18280'>little bit</span> <span m='18490'>more</span> <span m='18650'>appreciation</span> <span m='19290'>for</span> <span m='19380'>the</span> <span m='19500'>animals.</span> <span m='20370'>And</span> <span m='20810'>hopefully,</span> <span m='21410'>they're</span> <span m='21590'>a</span> <span m='21650'>little</span> <span m='21750'>bit</span> <span m='21870'>more</span> <span m='22040'>willing</span> <span m='22360'>to</span> <span m='23140'>be</span> <span m='23290'>protective</span> <span m='23880'>of</span> <span m='24020'>the</span> <span m='24130'>animals</span> <span m='24450'>that are</span> <span m='24570'>out</span> <span m='24730'>there</span> <span m='24910'>in</span> <span m='24990'>the</span> <span m='25060'>bay.</span> <span m='25855'>And</span> <span m='26190'>so</span> <span m='26300'>the</span> <span m='26450'>challenge</span> <span m='27190'>is</span> <span m='27400'>really</span> <span m='28590'>connecting</span> <span m='29140'>with</span> <span m='29280'>the</span> <span m='29370'>people</span> <span m='29850'>and</span> <span m='30260'>getting</span> <span m='30490'>them</span> <span m='30640'>to</span> <span m='30720'>connect</span> <span m='31050'>with</span> <span m='31140'>the</span> <span m='31250'>animals</span> <span m='31610'>that</span> <span m='31770'>I</span> <span m='32570'>am so</span> <span m='32770'>impassioned</span> <span m='33160'>about.</span> </p><p><span m='33790'>Something</span> <span m='34380'>that</span> <span m='34530'>really</span> <span m='34980'>pushed</span> <span m='35350'>me</span> <span m='36220'>toward</span> <span m='36840'>my</span> <span m='37070'>path</span> <span m='37410'>that</span> <span m='37500'>I'm</span> <span m='37610'>on</span> <span m='37770'>right</span> <span m='37990'>now</span> <span m='39640'>is</span> <span m='39920'>that</span> <span m='40020'>I</span> <span m='40110'>learned</span> <span m='40470'>that</span> <span m='40650'>octopuses</span> <span m='41480'>are</span> <span m='41730'>incredibly</span> <span m='42150'>intelligent,</span> <span m='43340'>in</span> <span m='43520'>fact,</span> <span m='43920'>so</span> <span m='44110'>intelligent,</span> <span m='44520'>they're</span> <span m='44700'>able</span> <span m='44890'>to</span> <span m='44930'>open</span> <span m='45130'>up</span> <span m='45330'>peanut</span> <span m='45510'>butter</span> <span m='45730'>jars.</span> <span m='46670'>And</span> <span m='46870'>they're</span> <span m='46990'>one</span> <span m='47180'>of</span> <span m='47220'>the</span> <span m='47300'>few</span> <span m='47490'>animals</span> <span m='47830'>out</span> <span m='48100'>there</span> <span m='48870'>that</span> <span m='49290'>don't</span> <span m='49470'>have</span> <span m='49590'>a</span> <span m='49660'>backbone.</span> <span m='49980'>And</span> <span m='50300'>most people</span> <span m='50860'>consider</span> <span m='51330'>them to</span> <span m='51390'>be</span> <span m='52040'>like</span> <span m='52450'>snails.</span> <span m='52990'>They're</span> <span m='53050'>not</span> <span m='53250'>very</span> <span m='53420'>intelligent,</span> <span m='53705'>you'd</span> <span m='53990'>think.</span> </p><p><span m='54245'>But</span> <span m='54500'>when</span> <span m='54860'>they</span> <span m='54940'>learn</span> <span m='55180'>that this</span> <span m='55280'>is</span> <span m='55500'>an animal</span> <span m='55780'>that</span> <span m='55840'>has</span> <span m='56110'>no</span> <span m='56320'>bones</span> <span m='57230'>and</span> <span m='57680'>has</span> <span m='57820'>a</span> <span m='57870'>brain</span> <span m='58280'>that's</span> <span m='58440'>about</span> <span m='58770'>as</span> <span m='58970'>small</span> <span m='59580'>as</span> <span m='60320'>that</span> <span m='61100'>and</span> <span m='61300'>is</span> <span m='61470'>a</span> <span m='61570'>doughnut</span> <span m='61940'>shape</span> <span m='62220'>essentially,</span> <span m='62990'>and</span> <span m='63160'>you tell</span> <span m='63290'>them,</span> <span m='63600'>well, yeah.</span> <span m='63830'>They're actually</span> <span m='64040'>smart</span> <span m='64300'>enough</span> <span m='64450'>open</span> <span m='64670'>to open a</span> <span m='64830'>peanut</span> <span m='65120'>butter jar.</span> <span m='65269'>They</span> <span m='65370'>go,</span> <span m='65670'>what?</span> <span m='66740'>And</span> <span m='67090'>that's</span> <span m='67440'>pretty</span> <span m='67570'>much</span> <span m='67730'>the same</span> <span m='67920'>reaction</span> <span m='68370'>I</span> <span m='68480'>had when</span> <span m='68840'>I</span> <span m='68940'>learned</span> <span m='69220'>it.</span> <span m='69400'>So</span> <span m='69950'>that's</span> <span m='70360'>really</span> <span m='70550'>what's</span> <span m='70820'>put me</span> <span m='70940'>on</span> <span m='71030'>this</span> <span m='71180'>path.</span> </p><p><span m='71810'>Is</span> <span m='71990'>it</span> <span m='72050'>hard</span> <span m='72270'>to</span> <span m='72310'>get</span> <span m='72490'>a</span> <span m='72540'>job</span> <span m='72870'>in</span> <span m='72930'>this</span> <span m='73080'>field?</span> <span m='73920'>Unfortunately,</span> <span m='74410'>I do have</span> <span m='74700'>to</span> <span m='74910'>say</span> <span m='75520'>yes.</span> <span m='76010'>It</span> <span m='76110'>is</span> <span m='76240'>difficult.</span> <span m='76760'>But</span> <span m='77030'>if</span> <span m='77160'>you</span> <span m='77270'>keep</span> <span m='77520'>at</span> <span m='77760'>it</span> <span m='78065'>and it</span> <span m='78370'>is</span> <span m='78530'>something</span> <span m='78770'>that you</span> <span m='78990'>really</span> <span m='79170'>are</span> <span m='79330'>passionate</span> <span m='79750'>about,</span> <span m='80660'>it</span> <span m='80840'>just</span> <span m='81060'>is a</span> <span m='81120'>matter</span> <span m='81320'>of</span> <span m='81380'>finding</span> <span m='81650'>the</span> <span m='81720'>right</span> <span m='81940'>place</span> <span m='82290'>for</span> <span m='82490'>you.</span> <span m='83410'>So</span> <span m='84280'>keep</span> <span m='84490'>at</span> <span m='84700'>it,</span> <span m='84890'>don't</span> <span m='85080'>give</span> <span m='85250'>up,</span> <span m='85480'>and</span> <span m='86020'>if you're</span> <span m='86100'>really,</span> <span m='86500'>really</span> <span m='86600'>passionate</span> <span m='87070'>about being</span> <span m='87290'>a marine</span> <span m='87510'>biologist,</span> <span m='88360'>we</span> <span m='88640'>certainly</span> <span m='88910'>need</span> <span m='89100'>more</span> <span m='89270'>marine</span> <span m='89470'>biologists</span> <span m='90010'>out</span> <span m='90230'>there</span> <span m='90430'>and</span> <span m='90530'>people</span> <span m='90760'>who</span> <span m='90820'>are</span> <span m='90920'>dedicated</span> <span m='91340'>to</span> <span m='91390'>protecting</span> <span m='91810'>our</span> <span m='91960'>oceans.</span> </p><p><span m='92390'>My</span> <span m='92780'>work-life</span> <span m='93400'>balance</span> <span m='95120'>has</span> <span m='95300'>been</span> <span m='95420'>pretty</span> <span m='95630'>good.</span> <span m='97720'>It</span> <span m='97920'>certainly</span> <span m='98120'>can</span> <span m='98320'>be</span> <span m='98450'>overwhelming</span> <span m='98910'>at</span> <span m='99010'>times,</span> <span m='99970'>but</span> <span m='101250'>as</span> <span m='101440'>I</span> <span m='101520'>am very,</span> <span m='101670'>very</span> <span m='102040'>passionate</span> <span m='102410'>about</span> <span m='102580'>what</span> <span m='102740'>I</span> <span m='102850'>do,</span> <span m='103890'>every</span> <span m='104080'>time</span> <span m='104300'>that I</span> <span m='104420'>go</span> <span m='104540'>in</span> <span m='104680'>the</span> <span m='104760'>aquarium</span> <span m='105290'>and</span> <span m='105590'>I</span> <span m='105650'>get</span> <span m='105790'>to</span> <span m='105860'>talk</span> <span m='106070'>to</span> <span m='106110'>people</span> <span m='106330'>about</span> <span m='106520'>what</span> <span m='106630'>I</span> <span m='106690'>do,</span> <span m='107070'>it</span> <span m='107380'>really</span> <span m='107600'>just</span> <span m='107770'>balances</span> <span m='108130'>it</span> <span m='108220'>all</span> <span m='108410'>out.</span> </p>","file":{"id":381921,"video_id":"3408776758001","name":"2429-Jon-MarineBiologistAquarium2","duration":109366,"thumbnail_url":null}});