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Marine studies comprises a wide range of exciting career paths. It offers opportunities for interdisciplinary studies of the marine environment in biology, commerce, economics, engineering, management, maritime law, physical and social sciences and tourism. It embraces new developments in molecular biology and the expanding frontiers of biotechnology.

Marine studies as a discipline is of expanding importance. More than 90% of Australia's population live close to its coastline. While Australia has a largely untapped marine resource, some parts of this resource (e.g. fisheries) are showing signs of over-exploitation. Coral reefs, for example, have recently been identified as one of the most vulnerable ecosystems. Marine scientists are of increasing importance and are involved in a suite of activities that aim to (among other things):

  • Better integrate human usage of marine environments
  • Understand and establish more sustainable management of marine biodiversity
  • Develop new marine resources and industries
The marine environment has special priority with the Federal and State governments for the new millenium. There are careers in biology, conservation, science, management, law, engineering, tourism, defence, biotechnology and education.

Graduates may find employment in many areas, including:

  • Marine research and education
  • Wildlife conservation and environmental impact studies.
  • Marine planning and management,
  • Marine resource development,
  • Engineering and biotechnology
  • Ecotourism and national heritage work and
  • Aquaculture