Career Opportunities for Majors in Marine Sciences


Marine sciences is the study of the marine environment and its interactions with the earth, the biosphere, and the atmosphere. It is an interdisciplinary science requiring knowledge of the principles of physics, geology and geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. The study of marine sciences provides students with a broad curriculum in the sciences, which demonstrates how the different disciplines can be brought to bear on understanding marine processes and managing ocean resources wisely.

Students are prepared for graduate work in oceanography or one of the basic disciplines, civil service careers in environmental management, employment in applied environmental and marine science fields, or teaching.

Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography. This option prepares students for professional opportunities or graduate study in oceanography or the biological sciences.

Marine Chemistry. This option prepares students for professional opportunities or graduate study in oceanography or chemistry.

Marine Geology. This option prepares students for graduate study in oceanography, geology, environmental science, or an allied field, as well as for immediate employment.

Physical Oceanography. This option prepares students for graduate study in physical oceanography, meteorology, fluid dynamics, or a related field, as well as immediate employment in environmental agencies or consulting firms and technical positions in marine sciences.

Directed Marine Studies. This option prepares students for professional opportunities in oceanography or the biological sciences. It differs from the other four options in requiring completion of one of six minor or certificate programs to enhance certain skills valued by employers.

While many graduates work in related occupations and may eventually obtain advanced degrees, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Animal Manager Laboratory Technician Research Asst.
Chemical Oceanographer Marine Biologist Research Biologist
Coastal Zone Manager Marine Conservation Specialist Research Scientist
Community Education Specialist Marine Ecologist Science Technician
Education Curator Marine Mammal Trainer Teacher/Professor
Education Program Coordinator Marine Policy Specialist Technical Writer
Environmental Coastal Engineer Marine Science Researcher Veterinarian
Environmental Consultant Marketing Specialist Water Systems Supervisor
Environmental Impact Specialist Ocean Engineer Whale Biologist
Environmental Resource Manager Oceanographer Zoo Instructor
Exhibits Coordinator Oceanographic Research Technician Zoo Supervisor
Fisheries Biologist Park Ranger
Herring Biologist Reptile & Amphibian Curator

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Aquariums Fisheries Scientific Journals
Ecotourism Firms Pharmaceutical Companies Testing Labs
Educational Institutions Research Foundations Zoos
Environmental Consulting Firms Research Laboratories
Government Agencies
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Health & Human Services Peace Corps
Centers for Disease Control Marine Science Institutes U.S. Armed Forces
Department of Agriculture NJ State Department of Health U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Department of Defense National Institutes of Health U.S. Forest Service
Department of Environmental Protection National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Geological Survey
Department of Fisheries & Oceans National Park Service Water Resource Council
Department of the Interior National Resources Conservation Service
Environmental Protection Agency National Science Foundation

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Marine Sciences

Organization Job Title
University of Miami Ph.D. Student
Americorps Watershed Ambassador
Weeks Marine, Inc. Engineers
Paychex Sales And Related Workers
Lockheed Martin System Analyst

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Marine Sciences

Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Coastal Carolina University Coastal Wetlands and Marine Science Marine Science
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Marine Sciences Marine Biology
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Oceanography Operational Oceanography

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