Lindsey Johnson 3rd Hour Science

"Without water, our planet would be one of the billions of lifeless rocks floating endlessly in the vastness of the inky-black void."

— Fabien Cousteau, Grandson of Jacques Cousteau

What is an Oceanographer?

  • Oceanographers are scientists who study the ocean.
  • They are separated into four categories, geological, biological, chemical, and physical.
  • Oceanographers map the ocean floor.
  • Study oceans, ocean floors, and coastlines.
  • Study plants and animals living in the ocean.
  • Study how the sea and the air interact.
  • Use complex instruments.
  • Spend time alone performing research.
  • Some oceanographers work by the sea, while others work in labs.
  • Oceanographers findings help other researchers who are studying weather forecasting, national defense, fishery improvement, and ocean mining.
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Helpful High School Courses:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


  • A bachelor's degree is required to become an oceanographer. A masters degree is recommended for most places and is required for some.
  • You should take a class on oceanography.

Central Michigan University

  • Located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
  • Pros:
    - It is a public college
      - It's in a small town-rural area
        - Offer's many degrees
        • Cons:
        - Out of state
          - Out of state tuition is $23,670
            - Room and board is also expensive $8,780

            University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

            • Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
            • Pros:

            - Public college

            - Is in a small town-rural area

            - Isn't very far from Wisconsin

            • Cons:

            - Out of state

            - More expensive tuition because out of state

            - Room and board is really expensive $10,246

            Wayne State College

            • Located in Wayne, Nebraska 68787
            • Pros:

            - Public college

            - In a small town-rural area

            - Offers many degrees

            • Cons:

            - Far from home

            - Out of state

            - Expensive


            The Oceanography Society


            Email- info@tos.org

            Website- http://tos.org

            The American Geosciences Institute

            Address- 4220 Kid Street, Alexandria, Virginia


            Website- http://americangeosciences.org/contact

            Job Adveritsement

            Do you like animals such as sharks, whales, or turtles? Or how structures are formed beneath the sea? Or are you interested in how the sea and the air interact? If so, then being an oceanographer is for you. Oceanographers may do all of the things listed above, and more. They are scientists who study the ocean. Oceanographers are split into about four different categories; biological, geological, physical, and chemical. In college, all students start out learning basic oceanography and can choose a category later. For all jobs as an oceanographer, a bachelors degree is required. Most places recommened a master's degree. The salary is about $44,730-$166,440+. So if you are interested in the ocean, oceanography is definitely a job for you!
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            • ""Sea Quotes"" Sea and Sky. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.