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By Mandy SingerHow many different jobs are there and what education is neededI decided to do a report on Marine Mammal Biology I have a deep interest in this subject and one day would like to pursue a career in Marine Mammal Biology There are about 100 species of aquatic or marine mammals that depend on fresh water or the ocean for part or all of their life These species include Pennipeds seals sea lions fur seals and walruses Cetaceans baleen and toothed whales ocean and river dolphins and porpoises Sirenians which are manatees Scientists try to study there animals genetic systematic and evolutionary relationships population structure community dynamics anatomy and physiology behavior and sensory abilities diseases geographic distributions ecology management and conservationThe average salary a biologist makes a year ranges depends on the amount of experience one has Most biologists make 30000-40000 a year The work is usually back breaking and long hours out on the sea extensive work on the computer hauling buckets of fish to feed the animals hours of clean-up numerous reports typing grant applications and permit applicationsIn fields of science jobs dealing with marine mammals vary widely Marine mammal jobs include researcher field biologist fishery vessel observer laboratory technician animal trainer animal care specialist veterinarian whale watch guide naturalist educator and government or private agency position in legislative management conservation and animal welfare issues Many marine mammals scientists work with museum displays and collections as a curator an artist an illustrator a photographer or a filmmakerA broad education is necessary for finding employment in marine mammal science High school courses such as biology chemistry physics mathematics computer science and language will provide a good educational base You can talk to a guidance counselor for help in selecting course work Good grades are important for admission to a university Most entry-level marine mammal jobs require a BS degree with a major in biology chemistry physics geology or psychology A minor in
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