Careers in Ocean Science

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Following the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge, we recieved an incredble number of questions from students and teachers about becoming an ocean scientist. Several of our students participating on our student juding team commented that they had no idea science was so hands-on or that these were actual careers they could have someday.

To help students further explore careers in ocean science, we've compiled a list of our favorite resources. The links below offer information on career opportunities, interviews with scientists, and advice for pursuing a career in ocean science. You can also hear from the winners of the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge by watching our Worldwide Assembly with ocean scientists and student judges.


  • Marine Science Careers- Insight to different types of marine science careers and advice from current scientists. Managed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and New Hampshire Sea Grant Programs
  • A searchable list of careers and internships provided by the California Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence 
  • Careers in Marine Mammal Science- The Society for Marine Mammalogy takes a closer look at what working in marine mammal science really means, and how to get involved.




By the Numbers

37,795 students in 50 US states, the US Virgin Islands, and 21 countries participated as judges in the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge.

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