Hi! I'm a marine bio major im university right now but I'm still a freshman. Ultimately, conservation is my main goal, however the ocean is my love and passion. The marine biologists I've met have all been bio or zoology majors. I'm wondering if a general bio degree would be more useful with maybe a minor in mb or zoology? That way I'm still qualified to work with marine related stuff but I can also work in other habitats. I know the mb field is so competitive. What's your opinion?
One of my best friends in University (and also my flatmate) was a zoology major and I marine bio and we basically had the exact same classes together with a few exceptions (some of which she could have taken mine as electives).
So, it would’t be a terrible idea, you won’t miss out on information, and you can still take courses geared towards marine biology. It may help you find a greater range of careers.
I know I am using some vague words, because ultimately it is your decision and I cannot say for sure what the job market may be. It really depends on what you want to do, if you really want to risk ending up working in other habitats over being specialized to work in the one you really wanted in the first place.
If it was me- I would do marine biology (which I did!). And I have worked in other fields even with that degree (even, surprisingly Agriculture). But I honestly wasn’t even thinking about the job market then, as I just wanted to study something I loved (which may have been irresponsible, but I am doing fine in life). Your science degree shows your ability to follow scientific procedure, proper scientific writing and ability to learn. So really you may be able to get into a magnitude of different things. Life is funny that way.
I hope that helped in some way!