By: Jenny Rivera

Why I'm Interested In being an Oceanographer

I want to study new types of species in the ocean. I want to see the environment and its organisms

What I would Enjoy About this Job

I would enjoy working with sea creatures and studying the chemical and physical properties of the ocean.

What an Oceanographer does

Oceanography covers a wide range of topics, including marine life and ecosystems, ocean circulation, plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor, and the chemical and physical properties of the ocean.

What is Required to be an Oceanographer?

The education required to become an oceanographer is generally either a master's degree or a doctorate in physical oceanography.

Salary of an Oceanographer

The yearly average salary for an oceanographer with a bachelor’s degree is $33,254. Postdoctoral researchers average salary ranged from $37,400 to $49,452. Academic salaries for assistant professors ranged from $53,200 to $80,300 while tenured professors can make between $100,000 to $150,000.

Related Occupations

  • biological – studying marine plants and animals
  • physical – exploring water temperature, density, wave motion, tides and currents
  • geological – examining the structure and make-up of the ocean floor
  • chemical – analyzing the chemicals in sea water and the impact of pollutants.