Oceanographers study the seas and oceans.


In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • plan and carry out research expeditions
  • manage a research project or lead a team
  • prepare scientific equipment
  • design experiments to test your ideas
  • use equipment to collect samples and data
  • track changes in the environment
  • use computers to produce models like maps of the ocean floor
  • write reports of your research findings
  • publish and present your findings
  • in education you may give lectures and lead students on field trips

Government agencies, private firms, and nonprofit and academic institutions.


You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment. You could work in an office or in a laboratory. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you will travel often.

Working Hours

39 to 41 hours a week


£14,000 to £60,000 a year


You will usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 3 A levels, or equivalent, including at least 1 science
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

Tagged as: [Marine and Maritime]

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