By: Jenny Rivera
Why I'm Interested In being an Oceanographer
What I would Enjoy About this Job
What an Oceanographer does
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.
- 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.