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Are you ready to dive into an exciting career in marine biology? Well, let's check it out. Marine biologist Andrew Baker's love for the ocean makes his work seem like play. 

 I get to travel a lot and I get to see a lot of interesting countries, work with a lot of interesting people, and I also get to witness; this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I get to witness firsthand how humans are having an impact on the climate and how that's affecting the world's natural and marine ecosystems. 

 A lot of people have a misconception of what marine biology is. 

 Well, a marine biologist is someone who's interested in, I suppose, the life of the oceans; the oceans and the organisms that live in it. 

 You can find a marine biologist working in an array of industries. 

 You could be working in academia; in a university, like myself. Or, you could be working in government. You could work for NOAA or you could work for NASA, or you could work for, you know, a number of different branches of the federal government. 

 Which means you can expect to work at least 40 hours a week and, depending on your research, sometimes more. 

 It's very common for people to work much longer hours than that and it's also common for people to work at weekends, especially when you're in graduate school, where you're doing a PhD. 

 And talk of a post-graduate degree is not uncommon among marine biologists. 

 Usually, you do a bachelor's degree in biology or in some other natural science, and then you'll do a master's or a PhD in a related field, either genetics or marine biology or ecology. 

 Most marine biologists hold faculty positions in universities and continue doing research, and about 39 percent work for the government. Due to the rapid expansion of research funding, employment for marine biologists is projected to grow. 

 The one thing people need to know is it's a very competitive field. Even though there's a lot of demand and there are more jobs like this, there's also a lot of people who want to be marine biologists. It's a tremendously popular job. 

 With that good news, marine biologists can expect to earn a pleasant starting salary. 

 You might earn about $40,000. If you got a job with the government or with an NGO, you might earn a little more than that; let's say $50,000 or $60,000. 

 But in order to reap these benefits, Andrew explains that there are other qualities needed to be a great marine biologist. 

 The people who get the jobs are the people who are good at asking questions or good writers who, you know, good communications skills and are really, you know, committed to whatever it is that they're doing. 

 If the ocean seems like a fascinating world to you, then marine biology might be the perfect career for you. I'm Nicole Aaron [assumed spelling] for YouniversityTV. I'm going to go do my own research. 

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