Subject: whale training

roman (jroman@GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU)
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 13:45:33 +0100

>I'm doing a project for school and I just have a couple of questions to ask.

>1.  How available will this job be in 8-10 years?
>2.  Does the outlook show that the numbers of this job are incresing or

Well, it's impossible for me to guess whether "this job" (I suppose you
mean marine biologist) will be more available in the coming decade, but
there will probably be a greater demand for marine scientists as the need
for fisheries managers increases.

>3.  What specific qualifications are necessary?

Marine biologists have varied backgrounds, but a knowledge of biology and
marine ecology would be very helpful.  Curiosity and the willingness to
work long hours  seem essential.

>4.  How would one go about getting his/her first job in this area?

I started out as a volunteer.  Other people I know started in school or at

>5.  What are the prospects for advancement in this career?

Outside of universities, it's a slow process to get to the top positions in
marine biology.

>6.  Salary range?

There are lots of dedicated volunteers who do this work because they love
it.  Throughout the field, salaries tend to be pretty low.  Most scientists
pursue this field because they love the ocean or think the work is

>7.  Is there much travel involved?

Yes, it's one of the benefits of the job.  If you're lucky you could be on
a Pacific island one year and in the Arctic the next.

>8.  In what ways are YOU qualified in your job concerning abilities and

Though I have a master's degree in wildlife biology, I think it's more
important that I don't mind working long hours--onshore or at sea.  And I
enjoy writing, which helps fill out reports, author papers, AND answer

>9.  What are some disadvantages and advantages in this area?

The low pay is a disadvantage.  The excitement of new projects and working
on the ocean is an advantage.  The opportunity to travel a lot is good for
some, not for others.

Good luck with your report.


Joseph Roman
University of Florida
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
PO Box 12253
Gainesville, FL 32604
(352) 379-8096