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bigfish93 10-09-2011 10:14 PM

Any Marine Biologists?
I am a freshman in college with an undecided major and I am thinking about majoring in Marine Biology. One day I would like to be able to work at an aquarium and maintain tanks for a living. Anybody else work at an aquarium or have a major in marine biology?

SaltwaterTaylor14 10-13-2011 03:08 PM

I am also in college. I am a sophomore. The thought of cleaning aquariums for a living is one of my dreams, sadly I have done research on it and not many jobs are open for that. I am debating between human bio and marine biologist.

thekoimaiden 10-21-2011 12:08 PM

I didn't major in marine biology, but I do have a degree in Fisheries Science. My classes mostly focused on freshwater fish, but I did take marine ecology course. Public Aquaria are very competitive in their hiring. That's a lofty goal. And most marine biology also encompasses inverts and marine mammals. I worked with some grad students that had taken marine bio as their undergrad major, and they said they studied invertebrates much more than fish and mammals. I would recommend a major in biology or ecology instead because they are much broader. But if you have your heart set on public aquarium work, I would begin to look for summer internships at public aquaria. What I have found out is that it's not so much what you know and how good your grades are, but who can vouch for your work ethic and skills. Hope this helps! Feel free to PM me to talk about it more.

bigfish93 10-23-2011 07:25 PM

Lofty goal? If someone wants something bad enough, then they will find a way to get it. I am studying marine biology because my local zoo, The Toledo Zoo, requires a major in marine biology in order to get an internship at their aquarium. I also have an internship setup to go out on a boat with a marine biologist for a semester. I have done plenty of research on the subject and understand that the best way to get the job is by doing a ton of internships. I was just wondering if anybody has a degree in marine biology and works at an aquarium.

thekoimaiden 10-23-2011 09:49 PM

Congratulations on the internship; the field is competitive right now. I also applaud you in doing your research before choosing a major. It is much more than most people do. I gave my advice as if I were giving it to the average person thinking that because they like having an aquarium they want to work for a public aquria. If you actually want to speak to an aquarium employee, I think you will have better luck contacting someone at an aquarium or your academic advisor. Best of luck!

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