It is one of the emerging trends of biological science which has promising career ahead all over the world. Particularly those students, who are passionate about underwater sea creatures and their habitat, can build a successful career in this arena.
As constant environmental changes world over is taking its toll on marine habitat, there is a huge requirement of biologists who could study, monitor and conserve underwater surrounding closely, but along with a keen interest to study the marine flora and fauna, the person should be a good swimmer (scuba diver) as they need to frequently visit various layers (top, bottom) of the ocean to study organisms at each strata.
Marine Biology In India
There are a numbers of colleges and universities which has marine biology in offering at undergraduate, postgraduate and post doctorate level. To begin one has to pursue graduation in Biological science for building a career in Marine biology at higher level. Institutions like Cochin University of science and technology ,Andhra University in Andhra Pradesh, Annamalai University of Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka University at Hubli-Dharwar in Karnataka, Pondicherry University in Kerala, College of science and technology at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh ,Berhampur University at Berhampur, Orissa, Goa University, Goa are some of the leading Institutions providing this education but other than these, there are a number of private Institutions who provide both postgraduate degree and diploma courses in Marine Biology.
One can fund their education by availing fellowships options from Indian government.JRF (junior research fellowships) are granted to meritorious students who have cleared UGC NET in marine Biology. Those who wish to take marine research as their career can apply for JRF from different première Institutions like IITs, State Universities etc.
In India Students with a Marine Biology degree can find ample opportunities in the following areas like Oceanography, Estuarine and Mangrove ecology, Fishery, Marine aquaculture and biotechnology, Marine habitat conservation, study of pollutants in marine environment, study of Coral reef and Dolphin Biology.
Top Universities offering Marine Biology course worldwide
In Australia there are a numbers of top class institutions providing Marine science courses at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Charles Darwin University and University of Queensland are some of the fore frontiers.
In United Kingdom, some of the premier institutions are University of Cambridge, Scottish association of Marine Science, which provide cutting edge courses in Marine Biology to build a successful and adventurous career ahead. In Asia some Institutions of Malaysia and Philippines provides best Marine study programs other than India.
Most of the time foreign Universities have their own criteria of selection to study , but on general they select the student upon their past academic record (Biology), ILTS score and scholarship guidelines (of a particular university).
Career in Marine Biology world over
On successful completion of the course students can get various work opportunities with a high remuneration package. They can either work as researchers with Marine Biotechnology labs, aquariums or work as professor at universities or institutions. They can be associated as scientists and marine engineers with important networks such as National Geography, Discovery and many more.