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Careers in Oceanography

Graduates of the oceanography program traditionally get their first jobs at organizations that deal directly with the management of ocean resources: studying the motion and circulation of ocean waters; the physical and chemical properties of the oceans; and how these properties affect coastal areas, climate, and weather. With a degree in oceanography, future oceanography careers may include work on fishery restoration, ocean mining, pollution prevention, toxic algae blooms or beach erosion.

Career Outlook

Oceanography jobs are organized among five areas of concentration:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Marine Environmental Science
  • Coastal Zone Management

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things.

According to the bureau, oceanography careers (as part of Geoscientists) are projected to grow by 21 percent through 2020. The need for energy, environmental protection and responsible resource management will continue the demand for geoscience and oceanography careers.

While many openings will come in oil and gas consulting firms, less are expected from state and federal government agencies. Most new jobs will be in management, scientific, and technical consulting services.

Check the handbook on about oceanography careers and other related jobs.

Career Options

Oceanography careers include such opportunities as:

  • Geoscientist
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geological Technician
  • Petroleum Technician
  • Postsecondary Teacher

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

PayScale.com, is an online salary information company that helps people obtains accurate real-time information on job market compensation. The website does not provide specific information about oceanography careers, but it does provide information on similar careers and gives you some insight into what you might expect in oceanography careers:

Environmental Scientist: $39,800 - $73,600
Environmental Engineer: $47,900 - $89,700
Agricultural Food Scientist: $38,000 - $69,300

Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other potential careers.

Potential Employers

Oceanography degree graduates are employed all over the world, in a variety of exciting positions. Most are employed as research scientists and coastal and oceanographic engineers for government and private companies. Organizations that have provided internships and employment to Florida Tech students and alumni include:

  • Rockwell Aviation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Brevard County Natural Resource Center
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
  • National Weather Service, Melbourne Forecast Office
  • St. John's River Water Management District

Be Prepared for Graduate School

20 percent of oceanography degree marine and environmental systems graduates go to graduate school, many of them continuing their studies at Florida Tech. Recent graduates have also pursued graduate studies at such prestigious academic institutions as:

  • MIT
  • University of North Carolina
  • Cambridge University (UK)
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of South Florida
  • Columbia
  • Johns Hopkins