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I find Biology extremely interesting but fine Physics and Math challenging. My goal is to become a marine biologist. Please advise how do I proceed.
Dear aspirant, many thanks for your question, I really appreciate that in such a young stage of your career you have planned something to become in future. Let me tell you first something about marine biology. It is the study of living organisms in marine environment or brackish water bodies. Marine biology differs from marine ecology, as marine ecology is the study of interactions of many animals with each other and their environment. A large number of life exists in the ocean, how large, exactly it is unknown. Since many ocean spices are still to be discovered, because the ocean covers about 71% of the earth volume and the depth may goes up to 300 meters. The marine biology course in India has gained momentum owing to its scope in governmental sector as well as in private sector.
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I am sure that responses from other career experts have been helpful to you. I am sharing my perspective on your query that may be helpful for taking informed decision. To be straight forward, I am providing you the immediate career path and key information about marine biology.
1. Career Path
Eligibility to become a Marine Biologist is Bachelor of Science. However, most preferred is a Masters degree in Marine biology. For research and university teaching positions, PhD in Marine biology is required.
After 10, you need to take PCB or PCMB subjects in 11th.
After 12th, you can take up BSc in Marine Biology and then it is advisable to do MSc in Marine Biology or specialization within marine biology.
There are integrated MSC-PhD courses. I would recommend you to for integrated course as PhD is highly valuable in Marine Biology.
2. Key information about marine biology as a field
Marine Biology is the study of life of plants, animals and micro-organisms that live in the sea/ocean. Marine biology is a broad field, which include specializations as follow:
Specializations are based on a particular species, organism, behavior, technique or ecosystem.
In general, marine biologists collect and analyze biological data, study plant life, identify animal species and their behavior, and write research papers. Moreover, marine biologists work as a researcher, manager, or professor.
Future Prospects: Marine biologists working in the corporate sector, research institutions, museums/zoo, marine aquarium, environmental laboratories, conservation agencies, government departments, eco-tourism sector and academics.
For more information, I would suggest you to browse through The Marine Biological Association of India www.mbai.org.in.
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Hope this response is useful for you. If you have any query, feel free to ask me.
Wish you best wishes for exciting career! Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
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