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Marine Biologists

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Approximately 19,300 wildlife biologists and zoologists are employed in the United States. Employers in this field range from pharmaceutical companies researching marine sources for medicines to federal agencies that regulate marine fisheries, such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service. Marine products companies that manufacture carrageenan and agar (extracted from algae and used as thickening agents in foods) hire marine biologists to design and carry out research. Aquariums hire marine biologists to collect and study specimens. 

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