| I'm in high school right now and I have gotten
really interested in the field of Oceanography. I
wanted to know what I can focus on right now in
order to get into oceanography when I first go
into college and also what might be my percentage
of being able to work somewhere when I finish my
college degree. It would be great to know. Thanks!|
|Question Date: 2013-06-18|
You should focus on science and mathematics. If
your school offers a course in geology, take it if
at all possible. After that, it depends on what
subfield of oceanography you are most interested
in; if you're most interested in marine life
(biological oceanography), then you should go for
biology, then physics, then chemistry. If you're
going for another subfield, go for chemistry and
physics first (after geology, as mentioned above).
In college, if your school actually has a major in
oceanography, that's what you should take.
Otherwise, geology is probably your best bet.
Oceanography is used in a lot of fields and
disciplines, but it's not my field so I don't know
exactly what the job market is like. I know that
the navy likes oceanographers, but so do
meteorologists, various government agencies,
especially those dealing with climate or weather,
and of course academia.
Thank you for the question!
For oceanography, you can take classes such as
biology, physics, geology, chemistry, math, and
engineering. With oceanography, you will be doing
a lot of science A tip that I have will be to take
AP classes which will help you in college because
you can get credit for that and not have to take
it in college. You can also go to your nearby
community college and take classes there and if
they are transferable, you won't have to take them
later, too! And even if they don't transfer,
taking some classes about oceanography will still
help you a lot.
Another thing that you can do is to try and be
involved in things that are oceanography field
related like clubs or finding places to volunteer
at. You can look towards applying at museums,
aquariums, and or nearby colleges (they might have
some programs you can volunteer at). At first,
applying to these places might seem scary but I
promise you it won't be! Just keep trying and I
promise you will be able to land one of these
opportunities. Do things like email people working
in the field and asking for their advice just as
you have done here. You have already took a step
in the right path in asking for advice here. Good
Unfortunately I do not have the percentages of
being able to work somewhere, but with persistence
and the right resources, I'm sure you will be able
to find somewhere to work.
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