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Further Education

To help you find out more about careers within Marine Scotland, here's some helpful information:

What kinds of jobs are there in Marine Scotland?

There's a huge range of things that you can do within Marine Scotland. We have everything from scientists to engineers, librarians to Fishery Officers and Economists to Commanding Officers. To help you, you can read more about some of them as they tell you about their role in our Day in the Life section.

I'd like to be a Fishery Officer or work on one of your ships

Have a look at the Careers in Compliance topic sheet. It tells you all about the different roles within Marine Scotland Compliance and the qualifications you would need to work there - and where you can get them.

I want to study Marine Sciences, but where can I go to study it?

Have a look at the Careers in Marine Science section which tells you what kind of subjects you might want to study and school and the different kinds of qualifications you can get when you leave school.

What kind of things do marine scientists do?

Lots of things, but here are some stories from students who have done work with the Marine Scotland scientists in Aberdeen, which will hopefully inspire you:

  • Deborah McGill from Glasgow School of Art approached scientists at the Marine Laboratory about a design for a sediment trap that she was working on. These pieces of equipment are used to monitor what drops out of water columns and can be an important indicator of the general condition of the water. Read more...
  • Cora Moffat, also from Glasgow School of Art, followed in Deborah's footsteps and created Mini A.R.I.E.S(Auto Recording Instrumented Sampler) - a compact robust plankton sampler. Read more...
  • Two Aberdeen school pupils, Katie Forbes and Mairi Bell did six week placements with Marine Scotland Science (MMS), through the Nuffield Science Bursary Programme. Katie, who did her placement in 2010, carried out a study in to the efficiency of plankton nets, a measure used to assess the impact of climate change. Mairi, who just completed her placement this summer, made a break-through that will help scientists determine the health of a marine ecosystem. Read more...