asked: What's it like to be a marine biologist? How much school do you need and what job opportunities are there and what exactly do you do? I'm considering it as a college major but it seems like it could either be super cool or very boring
I don’t consider myself a full time marine biologist just yet. I do conservation projects here and there but right now I am in a travel/adventure stage in my life. So it is hard for me to give you an accurate answer.
I only went for my bachelors degree which took me four years including giving up a lot of my summers to fit in electives and research projects to finish on time without excessive stress. I know a lot of people who continued on to their masters and consider getting PhDs, but I personally did not find it that purposeful to sit in a lab for more years than I needed to. My personal passion is conservation and that is not something I needed to stay longer for.
There are many different types of jobs related to marine biology so it all depend what you are looking for and the exact field. Like I said my passion is conservation so I have been a consultant for research projects and done field research getting numerical samples. People work for fisheries making sure of catch limits and monitoring by catch or in fish farms monitoring conditions. People also work for consultant companies which do environmental impact assessments for construction/ developments.
If you aren’t 100% sold on the idea of being a marine biologist I wouldn’t devote all your time an energy to it. Find something you are passionate about and study something related to that. Life should be about being happy an enjoying what you do.
I hope this helps!