Oceanographers are individuals with a strong interest in aquatic and marine life and a passion for environmental issues. Oceanographers are sometimes called “marine biologists” or “marine geologists” and the focus their careers on studying researching and analyzing the world’s oceans and seas. They gather their information using different types of tools and devices such as buoys robotic vehicles and probes and they use the gathered information to conduct research studies. The website www.buzzle.com describes three types of oceanographer physical chemical and geological. Physical oceanographers predict movements in oceans. Movements include occurrences such as tides and waves. Chemical oceanographers study the interactions of chemicals in the water including how these affect marine life. Geological oceanographers study the surface of the ocean’s floor so they can make predictions about geological activity. Oceanographers need at least a bachelor’s degree with courses in oceanography and related subjects such as biology physics chemistry or engineering. However they usually need advanced degrees for higher level jobs. Oceanographers work for government agencies or private science and technology institutes and industries. Some of their work is done in laboratories but they may spend time on ships and in some cases they use scuba diving equipment or submarines to collect samples from the sea. Oceanographers that want academic positions at colleges and universities will need to earn a doctoral degree. According to the website www.education.com salaries for oceanographers depend on employer experience and level of both education and responsibility. Entry-level salaries for those with bachelor’s degrees are between $32000 and $40000. Those employed by the federal government earn an average salary of approximately $87000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $59500
High Salary: $87000
Low Salary: $32000
Tasks: Collects samples from the ocean.
Studies underwater life forms.
Analyzes data gathered from research.
Presents research findings at professional conferences.
Also Called: Physical Oceanographer
Chemical Oceanographer
Marine Geologist
Marine Biologist
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