Becoming a Marine Biologist

Learn about a career in the study of ocean life.

Teaching Objectives:

  • Students will understand that marine biologists are scientists who study ocean life.
  • Students will be able to identify Jacques Cousteau.
  • Students will be able to explain what a grant is.
  • Students will be able to describe some of the job responsibilities of marine biologists and identify possible employers for members of this profession.
  • Students will be able to explain the ideal characteristics and interests for a person who wants to become a marine biologist.

Suggested Grade Level

5th – 8th Grade

Lesson Excerpt:

Marine biologists are scientists who study ocean life. They often work on boats and underwater, collecting samples to study in their labs. They use computers to collect, save and analyze the information they find. Marine biologists study all forms of life in the sea from tiny bacteria to giant whales. They study animal life and plant life as well. These scientists use special equipment, like deep-sea submersibles, which are vessels that transport them into the depths of the ocean to take pictures and do other research. In their labs, marine biologists study and test specimens to find answers to different questions about various species. For example, a marine biologist might study turtles to find out about their eggs, or they might study a particular species of fish to find out why they are getting sick or dying.

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