Swimming with the Fish by: Breana VanDerLeest 4th hour

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Basic Information about becoming an Oceanographer

  1. Oceanographers study the ocean floor and coastlines.
  2. They demand to be near water and you must learn to work in small cramped areas.
  3. You must have a batchlors or masters degree but need a doctorate if you want to work at a university level.
  4. Most employers hire based on the applicants civil service examination scores.
  5. Factor that affect getting a job is price and demand for fossil fuels.
  6. Most industries in Oceanography have something to do with oil pollution.
  7. There are five basic areas of Oceanography. They are Physical, Chemical, Geological, Biological, and Marine.
  8. Most colleges are expensive and lots of students stay their on the weekends.
  9. In Wisconson their salary usually ranges from 44,730-112,630 per year.
  10. Government employees receive excellent benifit that include paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, dental insurance, and retirement plans.

Pros and Cons of becoming an Oceanographer


  • You get to solve world wide ocean problems so oceans will be clean and the animals will stay healthy with no worry of certain species going extinct.
  • You get to see ocean life and take samples from the ocean and test them to see the different levels of chemicals and pollution in the waters and look at history.
  • You can learn new things about the large bodies of water and everything that lives in it such as animals so you can discover new things about them and what they do for the ocean and people.


  • You are risking your life every time you plunge 100's of feet to the ocean floor because if your air tank runs out and your in the bottom of the ocean you would die or if the pressure gets too much you could also die.
  • College is a lot of money because you need a lot of knowledge and practice of the career.
  • Due to the high amount of oceanographers they require a masters degree so that means longer schooling until you can find a career and make money.

What education do you need to succeed as an Oceanographer

High school:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Probability


  • Marine Science
  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Ocean Studies
  • Chemistry of the sea
  • Biology of Marine Orginisms
  • Physical Oceanography

What Collages can I Attend to become an Oceanographer

Two Associations or Professional Associations I can belong to when I become an Oceanographer

My Advertizment

Do you love the ocean and animals? If so then oceanography is for you. Oceanographers study coastlines and oceans and plants and animals that live in it. In Illinois you can earn from 50,700 to 113,870 a year. That's a lot! If you don't like sea animals then a zoologist is also an option. That is working with exotic animals in a zoo environment. But if oceanography is for you then you will need either a batchlors or masters degree. Many employers prefer a masters but in some cases a batchlors is fine but if you want to work at a university you will need a doctorate degree. Many states also do require you to have a license. You better hurry because in five years in Wisconsin you will be facing a LOT of competition for a job in the oceanography field. So go to college and earn a masters degree in oceanography as soon as possible!


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