"Watching waves roll across" by: Gracie Hurrish 4th hour

General information about Oceanographers

  • Oceanographers study oceans, ocean floors, and coastlines.
  • They study plants and animals living in the ocean.
  • They study how the sea and air interact.
  • They study samples from the ocean floor to see how the ocean floor moves and how it affects coastal areas.
  • They use complex instruments for research.
  • They spend time alone performing research.
  • They study all different things in the ocean.
  • They need to know how dive down into the ocean.
  • They all work different hours.
  • They study the amount of fish in the sea.

Pros and cons about being an Oceanographer


1. They enjoy the challenge of finding sollutions to important oceanic problems.

2. They enjoy the adventures of working at sea.

3. The pay is very good for this job.


1. They don't get much time to hangout with family.

2. This job can be dangerous at times.

3. They deal with difficult situations.

What you need to do in high school and college to become an Oceanographer

High school courses-
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry (AP)
  • Statistics and probability
  • Physics (AP)

College courses-

  • Aquatic biology
  • Oceanography
  • Limnology
  • And any other courses that are required

Colleges you can attend to become an oceanographer

University Of Michigan (Michigan)Pros-
  • You can join many different organizations having to do with oceanography.
  • It is fun because you can meet new people and study together and learn together.
  • There are many aquatic classes.
  • You are required to take many core classes with is very time consuming.
  • It's very costly.
  • You need at least two semesters of research with faculty in the department.
University Of Miami (Florida)Pros-
  • You live right next to the ocean so you can study more about the ocean.
  • People have more experience with oceans there because they live right on it.
  • You can join clubs to get extra information needed to be an oceanographer.
  • It is very costly.
  • You are required to take many core classes which takes up fun times.
  • They have very high expectations there.
Central Michigan University (Michigan)Pros-
  • The teachers are very professional.
  • You can meet very friendly people who might be going for the same career as you.
  • You can join clubs to get involved.
  • There are many requirements to go here.
  • Quite expensive for this school.
  • It's time consuming.

Organizations for people who want to become oceanographers

The Oceanography Societ

  • P.O. Box- 1931
  • Address- Rockville, MD 20849-1931 USA
  • Phone- (301) 251-7708
  • Email- info@tos.org

American Geological Institute

Job advertisement

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