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FALL 2017

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30 | So, you want to be a marine biologist! (Or, do you?) "I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up!" she said. "Oh yeah?" I said. "And what exactly do you want to do?" "Umm, I don't know. Swim with sharks and dolphins, and travel the world!" (Me, too, I thought.) As career goals go, that's certainly not a bad one to have! While having a goal is always the first step, understanding what options and jobs exist will help you define that goal. A lot of people tend to lump all marine conservation/fisheries/science careers under the "marine biologist" heading. The truth is, there are a lot of careers and opportunities in this industry that don't involve a marine biology degree. What?! (Okay, before you get too excited about skipping that science, math, chemistry or zoology class, read on!) Disclaimer: If you want to study living organisms, plants and animals in the marine environment you'll want to chart a course in marine biology. And don't get me wrong, I'm a huge proponent of pursuing a marine biology degree, but there are a lot of other options out there that you might not have even thought about! There are so many career choices in this field that it would take an entire issue of Guy Harvey Magazine to cover them all. Until then, we decided to take a look at just a few other pretty cool, and perhaps lesser-known, career paths and some of the people who have taken them. 30 | BY JJ WATERS Joe Grinnan conducting a target dive offshore Saipan, CNMI. Photo: Alex DeCaro.

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