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Marine Biologist

Kaimātai Koiora Moana

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Marine biologists study plants and animals that live in sea water, and their relationships with each other and their environment.


Marine biologists with a Master's degree and four years' experience, or a PhD and 2 years' experience usually earn

$56-$66K per year

Senior marine biologists with a PhD and five years' experience or more usually earn

$69-$78K per year

Source: NIWA, 2016.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a marine biologist are average. While there are only a small number of marine biologists in New Zealand, some specialist areas are in demand.
Candida Savage standing by a big container on a boat

Marine biologists research animals and plants that live in the sea

Last updated 31 May 2018