Marine Seismologist

Studying earthquakes and related phenomena

What do they do?

Study earthquakes and related phenomena, including the effects of explosions and the formation of tsunamis. They also study the structure and composition of the earth.


Marine seismologist use seismographs to gather data about shifts in the earths crust.

Salary, and Education Needed

They have a median annual salary of $90,890. Requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in geophysics or related area, and more advance roles may require a master’s degree or doctorate.

Job Growth

Job growth is expected to rise 21% from now to 2020. Growth is partially the result of upcoming expected retirements and the high cost of fossil fuels, drives seismologist into the petroleum industry.

Seth Stein

Marine Seismologist. Seth Stein is a Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern. His research interests are in plate tectonics, earthquake seismology, earthquake hazards, and space geodesy.


Remote Operated Vehicles are one of the tools used to survey the bottom of the ocean floor.
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A tool used to depict measurements of Earthquakes.
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Working Conditions

Many Seismologists work in offices or laboratories.

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Requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in geophysics or a related area
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Laura Kong

Earned her PhD in Marine Seismology in 1990 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. Her jobs have been, thus far; Volcano Seismology, Tsunami Research, etc... Almost all relating to Earthquakes.