Aquatic Biologists study basic principles of aquatic plant and animal life. They seek answers to questions about the lives of water-dwelling creatures, how they behave, and how they interact with other living things and their environment.
A Typical Day
- Prepare research reports, such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
- Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment, this includes field work.
- Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.
- Supervise biological technicians, technologists and other scientists.
- Identify, classify, and study structure, behavior, ecology, physiology, nutrition, culture, and distribution of plant and animal species.
- Prepare requests for proposals or statements of work.
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
Northwest Lower Michigan
Associates Degree in Freshwater Studies-
The Local Advantage Learning Pathway
See if your high school offers classes such as
- Biology/Advanced Biology
- Environmental Science
- Chemistry/Advanced Chemistry
Take whatever science classes you have available, especially advanced/AP versions of these courses!
Look into a Bachelor's program followed by a Master's program in biology, or other related fields, like those listed in the education area.
Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.
Sample Job Titles...
- Biological Scientist
- Research Biologist