Indecision about Majors and Moving! NWR *long*

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think you’re doing the right thing recondidering your major. If marine biology is something you are passionate about, I’d say go for it. If it’s something you’re iffy about than maybe it’s time to look at other options. I know the marine biology field is hard. Two friends are marine biologists. We live on the coast of California so finding a job should be easy right? Nope. The wife had to go back to school and get a masters before she ever was able to get a job in the field, and even after finishing she was out of work for three years. Her job as a marine biologist is to study ground water near companies and laboritories and see how that effects plant and animal life. Her company is not doing it to help the enviornment, they are doing it because they are a litigation consulting firm. Basically, they help people sue other people for enviornmental mistakes. Her husband’s job as a marine biologist is eliminate invasive species of plants and fish in bodies of water. From what I hear from him, his main job is to chop the heads off fish that are someplace they don’t belong. It can be an interesting job if that is something you like, but it’s defintely not working at Sea World riding dolphins.

Post # 3
1834 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

Aquatic ecologist here. I think you are better off changing schools and your major. Once you graduate your GPA won’t matter to your career- just what courses you took, your experience and the fact that you have a degree in a ‘related field’ to the job posting. Whether your degree is in marine bio, aquatic ecology, ecology, conservation, environmental science, wildlife bio etc. won’t matter. As long as you can show that you have the proper classes and/or experience you’re qualified. Have a look at some job boards and see what they require for what you want to do. I think you’ll find I’m correct. A degree with a particular title that you never earn does you no good. Also, specific ‘marine biology’ jobs are extremely competitive. You pretty much need to be an all-star to even be considered for one. The jobs are so few and far between. There’s lots more aquatic jobs though. Good luck with your decision and school.

<br />Also, some good job boards: Edit: I just saw you’re in Australia, but the same ides applies thiugh the boards I posted are mostly U.S. I’ve met plenty of Australian aquatic ecologists at conferences and such and the same thing applies there. There may be Australia specific job boards I don’t know about though a few of the following are based on worldwide aquatic and wetland sociteies.



Post # 4
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s insane to me to think about traveling two HOURS to get to class.  Does that mean you drive that every time you have to be in class?  Forget THAT.  I used to complain if I had a class across campus from the dining hall, ha.  But seriously…if you want to do well in school, you need to be able to focus on school.  That means reducing all other things as much as possible, including travel time.  I’d take Aqualov’s advice about it not mattering what your major is as long as it’s in a related field, and switch to the closest school possible.   

Are you sure you’ll be able to get better grades?  Has it been your mental health that’s been holding you back, or is there something else?

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