Marine scientists use their knowledge and skills to identify and provide sustainable solutions to maritime challenges, which are on the rise with excessive human activity. Indeed, the global industrialization contributes to climate change and pollution. This negatively affects the marine biodiversity and compromises food security, tourism and ocean conservation for future generations.
How can you tackle these challenges while making a living? Below are some career ideas:
- Aquaculturist: ensure that fish and shellfish populations levels are maintained to meet both commercial and recreational purposes. They also ensure that the cultured products are safe for consumption.
- Marine biologist: have a passion for marine life (plants, animals and microbes) and how these can be affected by environmental condition or human activities? Be ready to work in different countries and habitats with samples from wetlands or coral reef explorations. Strong analytical skills, research interests and ability to work outdoors/indoors are pre-requisites.
- Marine conservatist: work to raise awareness by engaging in educational, governmental programs or join a Marine Life Rescue Team. The latter focuses on conserving endangered aquatic wildlife particularly those that have been stranded or injured.
- Marine life rehabilitation careers: an array of jobs exist based on your interests either as a wildlife vet to examine animals, give out medication or perform surgery if needed. Rehabilitation centres also need aquarists to ensure that ecosystems live in optimal conditions to maximize their survival rates. You may also be responsible for leading visitor tours and educational programs.
- Marine policy expert: do you want to actively contribute to the present and future actions that govern the use of marine resources? Work alongside motivated specialists to elaborate new policies or ensure that old ones are respected to protect the environment from excessive human exploitation. You will be involved in all the social, economic and political issues associated to ports and shipping, naval affairs, coastal management at national and international levels.
The CPD accredited courses are carefully crafted to help you gain in-depth knowledge on a topic of your interest.
- Oceanographers: do you want to understand how the ocean may influence the climate and predict natural disasters? Do waves, sea floor volcanic activity and ocean pollution fascinate you? Oceanographers mainly examine all the ocean’s physical processes and how these change as they interact with the earth’s atmosphere.
- Oil spill response specialist: be involved in protecting both an oil company’s reputation and preserving the environment against oil spills which threaten oceanic wildlife. You will develop response strategies but also liaise with industry environmental and science organisations.