Let's take a further look into the world of Oceanographers

What is an Oceanographer?

An oceanographer is someone who studies the ocean. They take samples, pictures, and information from the ocean and use it to determine a hypothesis.

How to become an Oceanographer.

To be an Oceanographer, you need to take many science and math classes in college in order to help you understand the things you will be studying in the ocean. Receiving a bachelor's degree in Biology, Geology, or Oceanography will help further your career in Oceanography. Almost all Oceanography jobs require you to graduate college with a PhD. After you have received a PhD, you must take training and many lessons in order to learn how to be an Oceanographer.

What are the 4 branches of Oceanology?

The four branches include:
  1. Biological- studying marine plants and animals
  2. Physical- exploring water temperatures, density, wave motion, tides, and currents
  3. Geological- examining the structure and the make-up of the ocean floor
  4. Chemical- analyzing the chemicals in sea water and impact of pollutants

The Tasks Performed

As an oceanographer, you have to perform many tasks. These tasks include:
  • Planning out a research expedition and performing that expedition
  • Leading a team of researching staff in a research project
  • Preparing scientific equipment that you will be using at sea
  • Spending time in the water analyzing things and collecting data
  • Creating experiments to test your hypothesis that you make
  • Creating models and maps of the ocean floor on the computer
  • Write reports based on your data you found
  • Present your report to other scientists or the public

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • You get to explore the ocean and what happens in it.
  • You have the opportunity to learn something new and maybe something that could improve the ocean.
  • You'll be busy which means you'll never get bored.
  • You get payed pretty a pretty good amount.
  • You get to adventure underwater and not just on land.


  • You'll always be busy which means you won't have much free time.
  • It can get dangerous dealing with things in the ocean.
  • You may run into a situation that is difficult to get yourself out of.
  • You will work for a long periods of time.

An Oceanographer's Outlook

Oceanographers make a salary of about $40,00-$110,000. The amount of jobs for oceanographers are expected to grow by 16% between 2012 and 2022.

Working Facilities

As an oceanographer, you can spend some of your time in the lab planning out an expedition or constructing a report for days. You can also spend months of your time in the sea exploring and analyzing. Sometimes when you are working in the sea, you will spend most of your time out on a boat away from your office. That requires you to be staying in a boat for months where conditions can get dangerous, so you must go prepared when you explore in the sea.


If you prove you are capable enough to handle big tasks as an oceanographer, you can have the opportunity to study abroad in countries across Europe as an advancement.