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Oceanographer

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Oceanographers study the ocean in all its aspects. They give advice on how to use its resources in a sustainable way. They work in one of four main areas, which are marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology or marine physics.

The Work

The four areas involve different disciplines.

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for oceanographers in the UK tend to be in the range of £22,000 to £30,000 a year. Salaries for post doctoral research posts can reach up to £38,000 a year. With experience, salaries can rise to £50,000 year and above, and consultants may earn considerably more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most oceanographers work for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the marine research laboratories and research projects which it funds, for example, the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) at Oban. In addition, there are some jobs with other research agencies, environmental protection organisations, government departments, oil and gas companies, the armed forces, water companies and universities.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3498
2 %
RISE
2024
3568
  United Kingdom
2019
26777
1.6 %
RISE
2024
27209

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website www.futuremorph.org shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Antarctic Survey
Tel: 01223 221400
Website: http://www.bas.ac.uk
Twitter: @BAS_News
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishAntarcticSurvey

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
Tel: 020 7382 2600
E-mail: info@imarest.org
Website: https://www.imarest.org
Twitter: @IMarEST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIMarEST/

Marine Biological Association (MBA)
Tel: 01752 426493
E-mail: sec@mba.ac.uk
Website: http://www.mba.ac.uk/
Twitter: @thembauk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MarineBiologicalAssociation

National Oceanography Centre
Tel: 023 8059 6666
Website: http://www.noc.ac.uk
Twitter: @NOCnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalOceanographyCentre

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Tel: 01793 411500
Website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/
Twitter: @NERCscience
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NERC-Natural-Environment-Research-Council-904192853026208/

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Tel: 01631 559 000
E-mail: info@sams.ac.uk
Website: http://www.sams.ac.uk/
Twitter: @ScotMarineInst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAMS.Marine

Part of Scottish Marine Institute

Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
E-mail: info@sut.org
Website: http://www.sut.org
Twitter: @SUT_news
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SUT.org/

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