The answer to this question depends on what
kind of oceanography you want to do and, as
always, what the job market is like.
Oceanography is a very large field, and there
is room for people with many different educational
backgrounds. In general, though, for most jobs
you will need to have at least a university
degree. That means that after you finish high
school, you should go to college and get a
Bachelor's degree in science, which usually takes
four or five years.
If you want to teach or lead your own research
projects, it is a good idea to continue on to
graduate school to pursue a Master's degree or a
Ph.D. The former usually takes two or three more
years, while the latter can take up to seven.
While in graduate school, though, you will be
doing research and teaching classes, so really
even though you are still in school you will
already be an oceanographer!
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