Oceanographers study the seas and oceans.
There will be
3% more Oceanographer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You'll specialise in one of the 4 branches of oceanography:
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
You'll need a degree in oceanography or a related subject, and a postgraduate master's degree (MSc). You may also need a PhD in a subject like oceanography, maths, geology or environmental science.
You may also need work experience at a laboratory or marine research centre. Visit the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) for research institutions.
Starter salary: £14,000 (while studying a funded PhD)
Experienced salary: £29,000 to £36,000
Your salary will depend on your employer, job role, qualifications and experience.
A professor or senior in a research institution or industry can earn £60,000 or more.
University lecturers earn around £36,000 a year.
These figures are a guide.
Your hours will vary by project.
You could work in a lab or office, or you could be on a ship or an offshore platform for several days or months.
The job may be hazardous and physically demanding. You may use diving equipment or undersea vehicles. You may work in a remote location.
You could take a PhD through an initiative like the Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment (SPITFIRE).
As an oceanographer you'll need:
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