Wow, this is a tight deadline for so many questions, but here goes:
See the answers below.
>From: "Sam Broom" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Marine Scientist
>Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2003, 5:40 PM
> I have a college class where I have to have a marine biologist answer some
> questions. it is due Wed, or tomorrow so I am kind of in a hurry. If you
> could please answer tthe following questions I would greatply appreciate it.
> You don't have to answer questions you don't want to. Just e-mail me the
> answers back. Thanks a bunch.
> Name: Erich Hoyt
> Where you work: Home/office in Scotland + in the field (Japan, Iceland,
> Occupation: Self employed researcher, lecturer and author
> Q. What skills, talents, and personal characteristics are needed for working
> in this field? Writing, speaking and research skills; perseverance; attention
> Q. How do your education and experience relate to what you are doing now? I am
mostly self-educated and that plus my experience relate directly to and is
responsible for what I am doing now.
> Q. What kind of experience will help me enter this field? Field experience
with cetaceans; practice in research and writing skills.
> Q. Could you recommend some classes to take for this career? See the WhaleNet
page on careers - it's exhaustive.
> Q. Are there any schools that are recognized in this industry? See WhaleNet
> Q. What are the benefits of your job? Work for myself; satisfaction of
publishing books and papers with original work; working as a 'pioneer' in an
area. Travel and adventure often paid for...
> Q. What do you think of the experience I have so far, in terms of getting
> into this position? I don't know.
> Q. What are some alternative routes in this occupation? numerous.
> Q. Are there other individuals you could recommend I speak with to learn
> more about this occupation? WhaleNet page on careers.
> Q. What is the average pay for this job? no idea: $10,000 to $100,000+ and it
varies a lot from year to year.
> Q. Describe how you spend your time during a typical workday? mostly at a
computer writing. But in some seasons out in the field all day.
> Q. What things do you like most about your job? Least? freedom to spend my
days how I please and to design the future... Too much time sitting at the
> Q. What are the greatest pressures, strains, or problems that you must deal
> with in your work? Balancing family, work, including travel pressures.
> Q. How many hours do you usually work? What yours do you usually work? 10-12
hours a day, 6 days a week.
> Q. Do you work with people? through email and phone and sometimes meetings,
but mostly I work alone
> Q. Has your work experience differed very much from what you imagined it
> would be? In what way? I didn't imagine it really, just lived it.
> Q. How would one get to this position? Not sure, mine was an unconventional
> Q. What trends do you see developing in this field? not sure of the question
> Q. Is there a high turnover rate in this field? I'm self employed so the only
turnover would be if I had no work. So far, luckily, I've always had 2-3 x
as many ideas and projects and commissions than I could possibly do.
> Q. What type of people is in this type of field? (awkwardly phrased question!
I suppose people who are independent and self-starting and self-motivated.
> Q. Did you imagine yourself having this job when you were younger? Yes, I
always wanted to do my own thing, and I wanted it to be something creative,
but I wasn't sure what it would be.
> Q. Where did you attend college? I never attended college, but later had a
mid-career fellowship at MIT and Harvard, which was very influential and
helpful in my career. I have taught as a visiting lecturer at graduate
school level in universities in the US and UK I suppose partly to prove to
myself that I didn't miss anything and that attending college wasn't
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