The diverse range of subjects examined and the multi-disciplinary approach taken within the oceanography program prepares students for a variety of career paths. Courses focus on biological, physical, geological and chemical aspects of oceanography. Many oceanographers are employed as researchers and/or educators by public and private research institutions, universities, and colleges. Students graduating with degrees in oceanography or aquatic science fields may work as laboratory or field technicians; water monitoring specialists; for environmental protection, consulting and nonprofit firms; as observers aboard fishing vessels; or in the natural resource management fields. Limited numbers are employed to work with marine animals at aquariums, theme parks, or research facilities. Most career options are likely to require more than two years of college study.
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