While in eighth grade, I was going to school in the Portland, Oregon area and went on a field trip to Seaside Oregon. The field trip was part of my marine biology class. The trip took us to the coast on a typical rainy windy Oregon day in late fall. We went into tidepools then took a boat ride into the crazy waves all to gather some specimens for use with our new biology reagents testing kits looking for certain toxins in the water, which we tested at the school laboratory. We also looked at the type of microscopic life there was in the sea water. I have to say, that day of all others in my entire Junior High career sticks in my mind as the greatest and most memorable – and always remained one of the things I could still opt to do in life – become a marine biologist.
Science or Biology
I was always fascinated by dreaming up experiments to prove a theory or disprove one. I thought that science would satisfy my curiosity of how the universe worked – and one of the most interesting lines of science, at least for me, was biology. I think my ambitions were the result of loving the ocean and being fascinated with science so it seemed like the perfect match.
Marine Biology as a Career?
Marine biology is the study of life in the sea and is usually carried out by someone who is working in academia. Those who do it full time can expect an exciting life doing something they absolutely love but the shouldn’t expect much money. Apparently the average “high” side of income for a marine biologist is for someone who has a Ph.D. and does some teaching at a university. Their salary is around $55,000 / year.
Contributing to knowledge is one of the main components that distinguishes a doctor above a biologist who is not a doctor. It is almost expected that most who are employed – are mostly employed by a learning institution and they will therefore be teaching at some point in their career. To really take the highest advantage, I suppose I would have had to start many years ago but would have gone well with other subjects I enjoyed like science, chemistry and math.
Looking back on the years, there have always been certain classes that piqued my interest more so than others. All of them together have given me a good sense that I’m now doing what I love – so my advice for any student at any level is to pay attention to what you pay attention to: does it excite you? Then maybe you should follow that passion out until it either dies or blossoms. -Simple