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  1. #1 I have a question for the biologists out there... 
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    ...and I mean THE biologists- the ones that have a degree, have been in their respective fields for a while, and are very experienced. If you arent part of that group, then this is more-or-less a view only post.


    Ok- my dream has been to study marine biology for quite some time, and one day I still hope to study marine biology, but in the meantime I need to pay the bills so I'm working my way through a very enjoyable electronics technician program. My question is if I were to one day enter the world of marine biology, would the skills and knowledge of an electronics technician ever be very useful?

    If need be, here are some of the skills that I'm able to do: troubleshoot circuitry both on the component and board levels, program microcontrollers, and basic level computer programming.

    Some of the skills I'm yet to learn include computer networking, robotics, PLC's, communications, and some hydraulics.

    Would these skills be useful in the world of biology?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosscheese
    ... If you arent part of that group, then this is more-or-less a view only post.
    I was wondering how you plan to police that?

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    Would these skills be useful in the world of biology?
    Although I am not now and never have been a practicing biologist I believe my experience with assembly language programming, component level troubleshooting, circuit design and sensor testing and development, coupled with my extensive reading on matters biological and something of a background in palaeontology and undergraduate courses in botany might equip me to offer some useful observations. However, I'll try to respect your wish that its not my place to do so. Good luck.


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    Ok fair enough, I dont have any way to enforce that, I'm just trying to draw out the people that know their stuff about the area. You seem to know your stuff, so I would value your input if you'd feel so inclined to share it. I didnt mean to come across as negative- its just that I've tried asking this question to several sources, and each source has proven to be of little help. Some replies have even been downright nasty and havent addressed the question at all. So if I come across as a little rude, then its because every single source I've talked to has been rude or at the very least not helpful. I'm getting a little impatient with the lack of information I've been getting. SO again, any help you could provide is useful. I'm looking for someone that has spent a significant amount of time in the field, but if none of those people are to be had, then i'm open to suggestions.
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    I'm confused... why did you attach the poll to this thread? It doesn't seem to be related to your question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosscheese
    ...and I mean THE biologists- the ones that have a degree, have been in their respective fields for a while, and are very experienced. If you arent part of that group, then this is more-or-less a view only post.


    Ok- my dream has been to study marine biology for quite some time, and one day I still hope to study marine biology, but in the meantime I need to pay the bills so I'm working my way through a very enjoyable electronics technician program. My question is if I were to one day enter the world of marine biology, would the skills and knowledge of an electronics technician ever be very useful?

    If need be, here are some of the skills that I'm able to do: troubleshoot circuitry both on the component and board levels, program microcontrollers, and basic level computer programming.

    Some of the skills I'm yet to learn include computer networking, robotics, PLC's, communications, and some hydraulics.

    Would these skills be useful in the world of biology?
    Hi Boss - great to hear you have an interest in marine biology - the world needs more of us.

    In general marine biology is an applied and largely practical science rather than a theorectical one, so having a wide range of practical skills is really useful.
    For example a lot of my work is in the field of biotelemetry so I spend a lot of my time constructing and assembling electronic / mechanical tags and sensors, and helping to develop the software tools to interpret the data we get from them - so all of the skills that you mention would be really useful in the kind of work I'm involved in.
    The university where I work also has a indoor, high tech, self contained, fully recirculating aquaculture unit - it's not something I'm really involved in but a lot of the work that goes on there is on the engineering side of running the equipment, so again you practical skills would doubtless come in handy.

    The bad news is that if you are serious about being a marine biologist a Bsc won't be enough - you will need an advanced degree - a masters at the minimum - preferably a PhD - so you are looking at long and potentially expensive study for a career that is highly unlikely to ever make you even moderately rich - if that doesn't bother you then great.

    Based on the skill-set you are working on right now I can think of a related career that you would be an absolute shoe-in for - ROV Pilot / Technician - the majority of the work right now would admittedly be in the oil and gas industry but ROVs are increasingly being adopted for marine biological research purposes - plus the money is great, you can travel the world, and the course costs about the same as a single year's university tuition - perhaps that's something you might like to consider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBiologista
    I'm confused... why did you attach the poll to this thread? It doesn't seem to be related to your question.

    I attached the poll question in an attempt help bring attention to the post, and because anybody I've ever met that's into marine aquariums loves any opportunity to talk about them. I also figure it makes the post as a whole a bit more interactive. Got your attention, didnt it?
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    Thank you very much for the information synth-patel! Its good to finally get a straight answer. I contacted several university biology answers, I posted on several biology-related threads, and I even contacted a few local aquariums- nobody woul dgive me a helpful answer. In fact most of the university sources were just plain mean about it. Wont be considering those schools on the chance I ever do decide to start studying.

    But that does sound a bit interesting- ROVs. I'll have to look into that. Also good to hear that such a skill set might have its uses. Thats all I wanted to hear! Thanks and you have a great day, synth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosscheese
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBiologista
    I'm confused... why did you attach the poll to this thread? It doesn't seem to be related to your question.

    I attached the poll question in an attempt help bring attention to the post, and because anybody I've ever met that's into marine aquariums loves any opportunity to talk about them. I also figure it makes the post as a whole a bit more interactive. Got your attention, didnt it?
    Yes, but it also confused me rather than encouraging me to answer your actual questions.
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