Careers in Marine Science

Careers in Marine Science

Animal care team checking Winter's prosthetic tail at CMA

Careers in Marine Science

Animal Care Specialist

Nicholas Dolphin Presentation

Animal care specialists in marine science need to know a lot about dolphins and other animals, especially how they behave; thus most of our specialists here at CMA have degrees in psychology along with furthered studies in biology. A four-year bachelor’s degree is a good start, but experience in animal training really helps. Many trainers start out by volunteering or interning at marine animal facilities, such as Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It’s a job in demand, so be willing to relocate and work your way up.

Marine Animal Veterinarian

Surgical Suite Exhibit

Becoming a veterinarian (or vet) can be a very rewarding career, but it is also very challenging and demanding. One must begin by pursuing a bachelor’s degree before continuing on to a professional school for another minimum four years classroom time. After completing your Doctor’s of Veterinary Medicine degree, relevant experience within the marine animal field is crucial. This can be gained through externships, volunteering and other work-related experiences in emergency, marine and exotic animal care.

Marine Biologist

marine rescue biologists working with rescued dolphin

Marine biologists often will have a four-year bachelor’s degree in marine biology/biology. During school, students will further their field experiences through volunteering and interning at schools, laboratories, museums and aquariums. After graduation, they may also pursue a master’s or PhD degree in their area of interest, such as marine mammals.

Learning Opportunities

Get first-hand experience working alongside marine science professionals and staff at Clearwater Marine Aquarium through our internship or volunteer programs.



high school student shadow program

Ever wonder what it would be like to work at a working marine animal hospital? Join us for our new teen career shadow experience! This experience gives you an inside look at aquarium careers. Meet aquarium personnel, participate in activities, and explore behind the scenes. Learn about Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s research and conservation programs, education, and animal husbandry.

Offered: Each Wednesday from June 13-August 8, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Price: $99.00, $75.00 members and pass holders
Ages: 15-18

Clearwater Marine Aquarium team working together at sea turtle release in Clearwater Beach

CMA’s Vision is to become the global leader in connecting people to marine life and the environment. CMA’s Values include Integrity, Inspiration, Passion, Excellence, Collaboration, Leadership and Compassion.


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