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Job description

Oceanographers use science and mathematics to study and explain the complex interactions between seawater, fresh water, polar ice caps, the atmosphere and the biosphere.



Oceanographers earn an average of $50,460 per year, or $24.26 per hour, as of August 2012. Experienced oceanographers -- the top 75 percent of the field -- earn an average of $99,690, or $47.93 per hour. The average wage for all oceanographers is $77,890, or $37.45 per hour. These figures correspond roughly with those of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for all geoscientists, earning an average wage of $97,700, or $46.97 per hour.

Education Required

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

Where to find jobs?

There are four main types of oceanography. They are biological oceanography, physical oceanography, geological oceanography and chemical oceanography. Oceanographer jobs vary according to the type of oceanography the scientist has studied. So there are plenty of places to look for jobs.