Marine Careers


Oceanographers are individuals highly trained in one of the basic scientific disciplines: biology, physics, geology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, or a combination of these fields. It is inevitable that an oceanographer will become deeply involved with all sciences. Preparation for a career in oceanography should begin as early as possible with a concentration in one scientific discipline. In high school, you should plan your studies around college-preparatory courses including math, English, science, and foreign languages. In college, you should choose a basic field of science in which to earn your first academic degree. In graduate school, you may adapt your studies to the marine environment. Intensive training in basic science is necessary so that you may apply this knowledge and skill to the study of the oceans.

For information about preparing for a career in oceanography, contact a guidance counselor at your high school, a counselor at the career center at your college or university, or gather more information from the following sites:

Profiles of WHOI Researchers, Marine Personnel, and Students


Read profiles and interviews of WHOI's researchers and find out what they do, how they do it, and what drove them to a career in oceanography.

Marine Personnel

Ever wonder what life would be like if you lived and worked on a research vessel? Learn more about the people who make ocean research at sea possible.


Learn more about students who are studying to become a marine scientist.

Additional Resources features the careers of remarkable women in oceanography. Each woman has followed a different path to her career and has gathered unique insights about her profession., created in association with Woods Hole Sea Grant and maintained by NH Sea Grant, will introduce you to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields.

On the website, maintained by the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), you can explore over fifty ocean-related careers, find a college, university or training center that specializes in ocean-related education and much more.