Science Careers

Obsessed with all things watery? Join the club! Want to make your love for the ocean into a profession? Look no further. We know (from experience) that starting out in the marine industry can be daunting. But not to worry, we’re here to help! Below you'll find useful links and resources, along with our team’s top tips, to help you begin your career in marine science.


Top tips from The team

get thinking

Think about what area of marine biology most interests you. Read scientific papers, books, and magazines, around that subject. Stay up to date on current research, news, and where things might go in the future.

gain experience

Whether it’s an internship, volunteering, or a lab placement, there are endless opportunities which demonstrate commitment and passion, whilst allowing you to develop valuable skills. You don't need to pay thousands either. Think local and find a volunteering project near you, or speak to an aquarium, dive shop, or a researcher at your university.

university degree

Having a university degree is something you usually can’t go without nowadays. Look up university rankings for your chosen subject, and see if you can speak to someone who’s done the course.

learn additional skills

SCUBA certifications and boat skills are often listed as required skills on job descriptions. Even if they don’t, practical skills and diving qualifications demonstrate leadership, communication skills, and comfort in/on the water.

master data analysis

Being able to analyse, manipulate and present data is a highly sought after skill which is vital for a career in marine science. Make sure you understand stats, and try go get to grips with R, ArcGIS and other programs.

establish and maintain connections

Hone your networking skills by attending events and conferences. Ask people what they’re studying, how they got into their current job, and what they are thinking of doing next. Make sure you stand out, and always remember to ask for contact details. Use those connections to enquire about internships, research, or job opportunities.


Facebook Groups

Joining marine biology communities and groups on Facebook can be a fantastic way to network and find internships and opportunities.


Marine Biologist network and job POSTINGS

Wildlife Workers’ Network

Girls in Ocean Science


There are many websites that can point you in the direction of marine biology internships, expeditions and volunteer placements.

Wise oceans

Marine Careers

The Conservation Network

Enrol in an online course and build up your resume. Many are free or low cost.


Open University

Future learn


And don’t forget to check out our Into The Industry series to discover what it’s like to work in the field of marine biology. A host of interviews from various marine professionals shed light on the vast range of career paths out there. Whether you want to be an aquatic veterinarian, scuba diving instructor, marine biologist… There’s something for everyone!





The Cape RADD field course is designed for students and graduates with an interest in biology or conservation that are looking to build new skills. Gain experience in scientific diving, research techniques (fish & biodiversity surveys, BRUV), and knowledge of fish, invertebrate and coral species.

Paradise interns

Paradise Interns recruits, trains and mentors candidates through a digital marketing internship within the diving and tourism industry. Including one month intensive training on how to plan and execute a successful marketing strategy, followed by 5 months applying this knowledge in a professional environment whilst gaining dive skills.