Download the NOSB’s new career resource: An Ocean of Possibilities!
There are so many options for careers related to ocean and aquatic science. This booklet will give you just a sense of those opportunities so that, with a mind open to possibility, you can chart your own course.
The ocean and aquatic sciences include an enormous variety of careers and areas of study. If you are beginning to search for a job, or if you are just looking to get a sense of where you can go in the fields of ocean, aquatic and related sciences, use the links below to find out more information.
- The Oceanography Society Career Profiles: Oceanography magazine includes a recurring column on “career profiles” of marine scientists who have pursued successful and fulfilling careers outside of academia.
- Marine Careers: A Sea Grant Guide to Ocean Opportunities
- OceanCareers.com: COSEE’s Ocean Career’s site allows you to explore different ocean science careers, higher education programs, internships, and other helpful information.
- OceanOpportunities: OceanOpportunities is a partnership between science, math, and engineering faculty at minority-serving institutions and graduate program administrators and offers many resources to help you in your ocean science career.
- Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Scholars: GoMRI profiles the Masters and PhD students participating in the program, including highlighting their research and the pathways that led them there.
- WomenOceanographers.org: This site provides information on women in the ocean sciences.
- Marine Technology Society Career Resource: This site provides employment assistance through its online network of individuals, businesses and institutions, including job listings and resume posting.
- Guide to Marine Science and Technology Programs in Higher Education
- Working in the Aquatic Sciences: The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) site provides background and resources to enable you to pursue your interest in aquatic science.
- AGI Geoscience Careers: The American Geosciences Institute geoscience workforce program offers information on a variety of geoscience careers.
- SustainabilityDegrees.com: A website focused on sustainability education and careers.
- American Meteorological Society Career Site: All about careers in the atmospheric and related sciences.
- STEM Career Resources
- Science Careers from the journal Science: This site offers a variety of information on careers in science, including helpful articles about the job market and trends.
- Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science & Marine Biology: This site lists numerous careers in a wide variety of fields in ocean and marine science.
- EnvironmentalScienceDegree.org: This site provides breakdowns of cost, demographic makeup, student-to-faculty ratios, and retention rates for hundreds of Environmental Science programs across the United States.
- Stem Diversity Resources
- Environmental Science Resources
Colleges and Universities with Ocean Science Programs
There are many colleges and universities in the US that offer ocean, aquatic and related science degree programs. The field of ocean sciences has broad and multidisciplinary areas of study; some people choose to specialize in college early in their college careers, while others study one of the four major areas of ocean science (biology, chemistry, physics or geology) and specialize in graduate school.What is most important is that you focus on your own goals and objectives and develop a list of schools that best meets your objectives. Below are just a few resources to help you find college and university programs that are best suited to your long-term goals.
- The universities and institutions that host the NOSB regional bowls all have programs in ocean, aquatic, and earth science.
- Marine Biology Web – This site lists colleges and universities that offer marine biology programs
- U.S. News and World Report Searchable College Directory – This site provides information about various undergraduate and graduate opportunities all over the United States.
- BrainTrack: BrainTrack’s Career Guide helps visitors evaluate career options and find schools.