Career Advice
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Marine conservation is a highly competitive field, so it’s a good idea to get as much experience under your belt as possible. To start on this career path you'll need to study the separate sciences at GCSE and then gain two sciences at A-level (biology/chemistry/physics/maths/geography). This will enable you to go to university to study a BSc in Marine Biology, Biology or Environmental Science.

To get a head start we'd advise gaining as much volunteering experience as possible and joining local environmental conservation groups. It’s also very useful to be able to dive, so an open water diver qualification with PADI or BSAC would be worth considering.

To find out more about different careers in shark research and conservation we have asked a number of experts working in the field to write about a day in their life.

Click on any of the profiles below to find out more about the rewarding and challenging aspects of each job, how people came to be working in these particular roles, and the education and voluntary experience that helped to get them there. You can also find out what the job involves on a day-to-day basis and the responsibilities it encompasses.

Ben Jones.
Ben Jones -
Aquarist at The
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Colin Speedie.
Colin Speedie -
Basking Shark Field Researcher
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Craig O'Connell.
Craig O’Connell -
Magnetoreception Researcher
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Ian Fergusson.
Ian Fergusson -
BBC Presenter
- Natural History
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Joel Kimber.
Joel Kimber -
PhD Elasmobranch Behaviour
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Josh Filer.Josh Filer -
PhD Elasmobranch Behaviour
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Katie Clements.
Katie Clements -
Resident Marine Biologist
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Katy Seward.
Katy Seward -
Native Marine  Specialist
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Dr Lauren Smith.
Dr Lauren Smith -
Senior Research Scientist
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To gain some experience working in shark conservation why not volunteer with the Shark Trust?