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Job Description

Oceanographers study and explain the formulation of the sea bed, its shape, water depth and the properties of the sea water as well as the coast and the environment. They are employed in a variety of industry sectors including fisheries management, exploration of minerals, energy resources, mining and drilling and coastal development and construction.

Entry Requirements

You'll need a degree in oceanography or a related subject, and a postgraduate master's degree (MSc). You may also need a PhD in a subject like oceanography, maths, geology or environmental science.

You may also need work experience at a laboratory or marine research centre. Visit the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) for research institutions.

Career Path and Progression

You could further your career by taking courses through the Marine Technology Education Consortium, or by networking at events run by the SUTor the Challenger Society for Marine Science.

You could take a PhD through an initiative like the Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment (SPITFIRE).

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Astronomer
  • Cartographer
  • Diver
  • Geoscientist

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need excellent communication skills
  • Experience of the marine environment
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good IT skills
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Excellent observational and practical skills
  • Good at problem solving
  • Determination and perseverance

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £60,000

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