Subject: Re: Fwd: interview questions

Al Romero (aromero@ACC.FAU.EDU)
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 13:07:12 -0500 (EST)

At 07:01 PM 4/14/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Dear Mr. Romero,
>My name is Tara Vaughn and I am doing a report in school on career choices.
> I have chosen to do mine on marine biology.  We are required to interview a
>person in the field we are researching.  I have already tried 5 other people
>but they cannot answer my questions.  I guess they are too busy to deal with
>it.  There are 25 questions and I would greatly appreciate any answers you
>can give me.  My time is extremely limited since I was waiting for reponses
>from others and didn't get them.  Thank you for your time and cooperation.
> My email address is {} or  {}.  I found your
>email address at at the pegasus website.  
>Tara Vaughn
>Forwarded message:
>Subj:    interview questions
>Date:    97-04-07 12:34:16 EDT
>From:    DR NO U
>Dear Nancy Sadusky,
>I want to thank you for taking your time to answer my interview questions.
> We are required to do 25 questions in school, so I will number them and you
>can just type the number with the answer.
>These are the questions on a Marine Biologist:
>1.  How many years of training is required?

Depends how far (and "deep"). You want to go. A technician may require just
few months of training. A Ph.D.-oriented person may require 10 or more years
of college, graduate school, and post-doctoral studies.

>2.  Where are most marine biologists located in the country?

Basically along the coasts, near big research centers such as Woods Hole in
Maasachusetts, La Jolla in California, or Miami in Florida.

>3.  How much money do you make your first year?

It depends a lot of the position. An assistant professor is usually offered
between 35,000 and 40,000 U.S. dollars.

>4.  Are marine biologists on call?

Only those who deal with emergencies such as spills and stranding of cetaceans.

>5.  Is there a dress code?

Varies from place to place, but marine biologists, particularly those
working for academic institutions, are very informal regarding dressing.

>6.  Where do you train?

At universities and colleges.

>7.  Are their benefits? (such as: personal leave, bonuses, promotions,
>education paid, vacations, sick leave)

Again varies from place to place. Virtually all universities, government
agencies, and private companies offer those sort of benefits in one way or

>8.  Is being a marine biologist fun?


>9.  Can you specialize in one animal such as a manatee?

Actually most people do, unless you work on more general types of problems
such as marine ecology.

>10.  Do you work with other people?

Marine biology is increasingly a cooperative science.

>11.  Do you have to travel a lot?

It depends. Many do a lot of miles, some to lesser degree.

>12.  Is being a marine biologist for manatees just in Florida?  If so, do I
>have to train there?

There is no question that Florida is the place to be if you want to study
manatees, although migratory patens of thee animals can take them to other
states. Most specialists and information on these mammals within the U.S.
are in Florida.

>13.  How much money do you make if you're a top of the line Marine biologist?

It depends. If you are just a scientist without administrative duties, it is
highly unlikely that you will be making much more than $70,000. Top people
whose duties include heavy administrative responsabilities may earn more
than that, yet they devote most of their time to duties unrelated to actual
scientific reasearch.

>14.  Is the training expensive?

You can get tuition waivers and/or a small salary if you work as a graduate
student or research assistant. So many times academic training is not that

>15.  Can you train on the job site?  (such as study an injured manatee at Sea

Yes. That is an excellent way to get hands-on experience.

>16.  Can I interact with the manatees to see what they're like while I'm


>17.  Are there different jobs for marine biologists? (such as medicine,
>taking care of injured animals, etc. - or is it all included into one job?)

There are dozens of specialties as a marine biologist ranging from a one
group/species specialist to people who work on broader issues such as
ecology and/or pollution.

>18.  Can you watch marine biologists while you are training? (such as saving
>manatees, caring for them, etc.?)

Yes. One way to do that is to participarte as a volunteer in different
instiututions and/or groups such as stranding networks.

>19.  Do you have to work constantly?

If you want to be good at it, yes, just like any other career.

>20.  Can you just work on manatees at Sea World, or do you have to go outside
>of Sea World and watch the manatees in the wild?

You can do both.

>21.  Where do you have to train?  Can you train in any state that offers
>marine biology courses?


>22.  Can you start working before you're finished with your training, will
>they pay for your education?

Yes. There are a number of training-jobs around. They do not pay very well,

>23.  Is there a certain amount of hours you have to work in a day?

It varies a lot and depends on the type of work you do. Someone in academia
may easily spend up to 70 hours per week working.

>24.  What high school courses do you have to take to become a marine

Mostly science courses. A foreign language (such as french or japanese) can
also become handy.

>25.  Can you leave work if there is a family emergency?

Generally yes. Acedemia has more flexible hours than, for example,
government or private company schdules. It always depends upon a number of

>There are all of my questions, I would really appreciate it if you could
>answer as many of them as you can.  
>Thanks again!
>Tara Vaughn
Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.		
Florida Atlantic University	(954)236-1125	
College of Liberal Arts		(954)236-1150 (F)
Department of Biology
2912 College Ave.,
Davie, FL 33314