Are you interested in becoming a marine biologist?
The job title of "marine biologist" is a very general one, as it basically means someone who works with animals or plants that live in salt water. So, marine mammal trainers and scientists that study fish behavior, creatures that live in the deep sea, and those who look for potential medicines in marine creatures in a laboratory would all qualify as marine biologists.
Since their job descriptions are so varied, there is a wide range of salaries for marine biologists. Someone just out of college may even be working at an unpaid internship or receiving an hourly wage working as a field technician, while someone established at a university or government job may earn considerably more. Ranges generally quoted for marine biologist salaries vary from about $35,000 to $110,000 per year.
Still, most marine biologists do their work because they love it - not because they expect to earn a high paycheck. And keep in mind that even if you don't choose marine biology as a career, you may still get to work with marine life through volunteering at a local zoo, aquarium or organization.
Image: Some marine biologists work with fish, such as this small-toothed sawfish. Image courtesy NOAA