So You Want to be a Marine Scientist

The marine science field offers lots of important and fascinating career opportunities—from exploring the ocean to addressing climate change, and developing new drugs to caring for aquatic animals and habitats.

Published March 28, 2017

If you’re interested in a career as a marine scientist, start with this Marine Careers preference quiz, provided by Sea Grant, a component of NOAA.

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According to Sea Grant, marine science is typically thought of as a graduate program, but it’s never too early to start setting yourself up for success. This includes taking as many math and science classes you can as a high school student. 

National Aquarium employs many marine scientists with a variety of backgrounds.

Aimee Milarski, an aviculturist at the National Aquarium

Check out this post about Aimee Milarski, an aviculturist who works in our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, on what led her to become a marine scientist.
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The National Aquarium offers ways for people to gain hands-on experience and lay the foundation for a rewarding career in marine science.

  • Summer programming for Maryland high school students who have completed ninth grade and at least one biology course. 
  • Unpaid internships for college students who can complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. 
  • Volunteer opportunities for anyone who is at least 18, has a high school diploma, and can commit to working four hours per week for at least one year. 


You can learn more about some of the steps our staff members took in their own careers here! 

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