"Sea the way you can make a difference" Emma Lasecki Hour 4

Basic Information

  • Oceanographers study oceans, ocean floors, the coastline, marine plants, and marine animals.
  • Their findings help other researchers in different professions.
  • Usually oceanographers work and research alone.
  • Oceanography includes five basic areas: physical, chemical, geological, biological and marine.
  • Oceanographers do their work by or in the ocean.
  • Some oceanographers choose to work for universities or for the government.
  • Most people seeking a job will find good employment opportunities in Wisconsin and around the nation.
  • Oceanographers use many complex instruments to do research and collect samples.
  • On average oceanographers make about $68,570 annually.
  • To be a oceanographer you need a minimum of a bacholers degree.

Pros and Cons


  • Oceanography has many challenging and exciting aspects to it due to the amount of reasercher and work put into the job.
  • Oceanography uses a lot of interactive and hands on working because of all the time studying and gathering samples.
  • Oceanographers get to experience the adventures of working and living by the sea which is where they will spend most of their time working.
  • Oceanographers get paid well because they get paid 68,570 and the nation average is about 50,760 dollars annually.


  • Oceanographers usually work far away from home which would be hard if you are really close to your family.
  • Oceanographers spend a lot of time working and researching alone which could be difficult to deal with if you like being social.
  • Oceanographers could work odd many hours such as weekends and during the night time.
  • Oceanographers do lots of diving which could be physically demanding because if you aren't a strong swimming could be difficult for you.

What I Need to do in High School and College

High School

Students should take courses that meet college entrance requirements for the specific college they wish to attend. Helpful high school courses for becoming a oceanographer would include Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics and Probability.


Government positions require to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in oceanography. However, individuals are encouraged to attain a master's degree. Most employers prefer to hire individuals who have a master's degree. People who want to teach at the university level or conduct research must have a doctorate. The successful completion of an examination is required for licensure in most states. Employers generally contact universities for qualified graduates. Employers may advertise in professional publications. The federal government hires applicants based on their civil service examination scores.

Three Colleges

Hawai'i Pacific University

The Hawai'i Pacific University, a private school, was established in 1965. They offer many

certificates or diplomas such as Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or other advanced degrees.


•The school is very diverse with many people from different ethnical backgrounds. Some of the percentages of the people are, American Indian/Alaskan Natives 6%, Asians 20%, Blacks 5%, Hispanics 13%, Whites 28%, Race/ethnicity unknown 5%.

• It also does not have a expensive tuition to attend the school, the out of state tuition is only $22,160.

• At the school there is also a variety of sports or clubs you could join, overall there are over 50 clubs and sports there.


•The school is its over 4,000 miles away from Wisconsin and away from my family.

• There's a big gap between the amount of girls and boys that attend the school, there are about 330 girls and 450 boys.

•Although they offer many clubs and sports, some sports aren't offered there. For example swimming is a sport I am interested in but it isn't offered at the university.

Contact information


Hawai`i Pacific University

1164 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Main telephone: 808.544.0200

North Carolina State University

The North Carolina State University, a public school, was established in 1887. The University offers: Certificate or diploma, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, First professional, Doctorate, and other advanced degrees.


•The schools average GPA is 4.37 which is high, which is great if you want a great education.

•They are also a division one school which is good for the students who wish to participate in sports.

•Another plus is that the expense to attend the school from out of state aren't too high at a cost of $21,200.


•The school is the lack of diversity in ethnic cultures that attend the school with over 50% that attend being white.

•Also the amount of male student is almost doubled compared to female students.

•Also there are a lot of applicants to this school so you will be competing to attend.

Contact Information

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
Main telephone: 919.515.2011


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a public school, was established in 1817. The school offers Bachelor, Masters, First professional, Doctorate, along with other advanced degrees.


•The school is division one which is good for the students who do sports.

•The school also offers almost 50 clubs and sports to join, which is good for students who want to participate in extracurricular activities.

•The school also has about the same amount of girls and boys that attend.


•The schools out of state tuition is pretty expensive being $41,570.

•The school also doesn't have a very diverse ethnic race of people who attend there with 80% of the people being white.

•Also a lot of people apply to the school so there will be competition to get into the school.

Contact Information

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Main telephone: 734.764.1817


The Oceanography Society




P.O. Box 1931

Rockville, MD 20849-1931


American Geoscience Institute


American Geosciences Institute

4220 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22302


+1 (703) 379-2480

+1 (703) 379-7563 FAX


Job Advertisement for an Oceanographer

Love spending time outside on the beach and swimming with majestic animals all around you? Then being an oceanographer is the job for you! Oceanographers study the ocean and the animals that live there. They also do many different kinds of work, such as studying samples from the ocean floor. They also might study ocean water samples to learn about the amount and the quality of the food that sustains the marine animals. There are many job openings around the country so finding a job won't be hard! There is also a large, friendly community of oceanographers to share share your work and get to know. Oceanographers live close to or right on the beach so you are able to directly work and swim with what about what you are studying. Alothough if swimming or the beach isn't for you, you could also become a professor and teach at a college about the topic. So if you love being outside and spending time seaside, try oceanology. If you want to apply for a job call 920-459-7236 now!


Works Cited

Hawai’i Pacific. “Why to Study at HPU.” Hawai’i Pacific University. HPU, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2016. <http://www.hpu.edu/CNCS/Departments/Natural_Sciences/Chemistry/>.

National Ocean Service. “Oceanographers.” Ocean Service. NOAA, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2016. <http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/oceanographer.html>.

North Carolina State University. “NCSU.” Global Institution of BioExploration. NCSU, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2016. <http://www.gibex.dreamhosters.com/north-carolina-state-university/>.

The Regents of the University of Michigan. “Student Life.” University of Michigan. UM, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2016. <https://studentlife.umich.edu/parents/article/wellness-zone>.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “Careers in Oceanography.” Scripps Institution. UCDS, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2016. <https://scripps.ucsd.edu/education/careers>.