So You Want To Be A
Marine Mammal Scientist...
In High School
Work with your guidance counselor to create a broad education that includes science and mathematics courses, computer science and a foreign language (dolphin research happens all over the world!). Good grades are essential. You should also begin seeking practical experiences such as jobs or volunteer work in museums, zoos or aquaria, with veterinarians or others . These valuable experiences will help you discover your interests and abilities, as well as help you make contacts within the field.
Most entry-level jobs in marine mammal science require a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or psychology. A minor in any science, mathematics or engineering is also helpful. Good language and technical writing skills are essential.
Students are surprised to learn they may not have an opportunity to take a marine mammal class until they reach graduate school. When selecting a university to attend, it's important you are first accepted by a graduate advisor at that university, someone who shares your research interests. Consider dual majors or interdisciplinary training to broaden your research and career opportunities.
In addition to working with your guidance counselor, there are many professional websites, books and career guides you can consult for further information. Remember, if your goal is to be a marine mammal scientist, you must first be a good scientist!
Web links for marine biology schools and careers: