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What can i do with a major in marine science

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN... MARINE SCIENCE

www.sc.edu/career


Ma rine sci ence

ma·rinesci·ence

The study of the ocean, its ecosystems, and life forms; also called oceanography.*

*"marine science." Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon. Dictionary.com, LLC. 29 Jul. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/marine science>.


Marine science majors study

Marine Science Majors Study

  • The living resources of the world's oceans and coastal seas

  • The diverse assemblages of plants and animals and the understanding of their relationships

  • The evaluation of human influence on marine ecosystems

    ...and more


Specializations

Specializations

Most undergraduate programs offer a general course of study as well as many specializations that can be pursued with additional study. These include (but are not limited to):

Further Education Required

  • oceanographer

  • marine scientist

  • marine & coastal consultant

  • environmental engineer

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level

  • marine scientist

  • environmental scientist

  • science lab technician


Marine science at the university of south carolina

Marine Science At The University Of South Carolina

Undergraduate Degrees

Degrees: Bachelor of Science (BS)

Majors: Marine Science

Biological oceanography

Chemical oceanography

Physical oceanography

Coastal resource management/marine affair

The university also offers a Minor Marine Science


Marine science at the university of south carolina1

Marine Science At The University Of South Carolina

Graduate Degrees

Master of Sciences (MS)

marine biology/biological oceanography

marine chemistry/chemical oceanography

marine geology/geological oceanography

physical oceanography/atmospheric dynamics

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Marine science majors develop skills in

Marine Science Majors Develop Skills In

  • Communication

    • Develop/write research proposals

    • Review scientific literature

    • Summarize research findings

    • Inform, explain, instruct

    • Prepare technical reports

  • Investigation

    • Define research problems

    • Develop research models

    • Establish hypothesis

    • Gather/analyze data

    • Evaluate ideas

    • See relationships among factors

    • Draw meaningful conclusions

    • Field sampling


Marine science majors develop skills in1

Marine Science majors develop skills in

  • Computation

    • Measure distances/ sizes/relationships

    • Perform calculations

    • Mathematical modeling

    • Maintain records

    • Utilize math formulas

  • Technical

    • Design equipment

    • Identify materials/ specimens

    • Observe data

    • Establish/control designs

    • Design computer simulations

    • Use technical instruments


Employment

Employment

The undergraduate degree alone in marine science does not always directly lead to a career as a professional marine scientist.

The degree does provide you with an excellent interdisciplinary science background and is valuable for almost any type of work involving both biological and marine science.


Employment settings

Employment Settings

  • Business & Commerce:Includesmanagement and direction of for-profit organizations including the development of business plans, marketing strategies, product development, and human resource management.


Sample occupational titles associated with business commerce

Sample Occupational Titles Associated WithBusiness & Commerce

  • Aquarium/Museum Worker

  • Fisheries Conservationist

  • Net Designer

  • Park Manager

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Environmental Protection Worker

  • Salt Marsh Manager

  • Beach Manager

  • Commercial Fishing Engineer

  • Industrial Marine Economist


Employment settings1

Employment Settings

  • Outdoor Field Work:

    Includes both studying and working with and in the outdoors. Encompasses everything from management to urban planning.


Sample occupational titles associated with outdoor field work

Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Outdoor Field Work

  • Agronomist

  • Coastal Resources Worker

  • Fisheries Conservationist

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Horticulturist

  • Port/Harbor Facilities Worker

  • Water Transportation Worker

  • Zoologist

  • Park Manager

  • Wildlife Resource Worker

  • Animal Scientist

  • Aquatic Biologist

  • Botanist

  • Marina Worker

  • Marine Biologist

  • Marine Geologist

  • Oceanographer

  • Geographer

  • Marine Ecologist


Employment settings2

Employment Settings

  • Research:

    Includes technicians, researchers, and technologists. Also incorporates laboratory work and the education of peers.


Sample occupational titles associated with research

Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Research

  • Aquarium Technician

  • Biotechnologist

  • Marine Bacteriologist

  • Limnological Technician

  • Marine Engineering Technician

  • Genetic Engineering Research Assistant

  • Underwater Technician

  • Microbiologist

  • Net Designer

  • Test and Inspection Technician

  • Water Quality Technician

  • Science Laboratory Technician


Employment settings3

Employment Settings

  • Education: Includes classroom instruction, curricula development, research, writing, administration, program management, and lecturing.

    Teaching and research positions at colleges and universities require an advanced degree. Most other teaching positions require proper certification.


Sample occupational titles associated with education

Sample Occupational Titles Associated With Education

  • Administrator

  • Admissions Evaluator

  • Author/Writer

  • Career Counselor

  • College or University Professor

  • Financial Aid Director

  • Guidance Counselor

  • Health Educator

  • Lecturer

  • Primary School Teacher

  • Program Manager

  • Residence Hall Director

  • Secondary School Teacher

  • Student Affairs Professional

  • Text Writer

  • Medical Librarian


Other occupational settings for marine science majors

Other Occupational Settings For Marine Science Majors

  • Aquariums

  • Research Foundations

  • Ecotourism Firms

  • Research Laboratories

  • Educational Institutions

  • Scientific Journals

  • Environmental Consulting Firms

  • Testing Labs

  • Fisheries

  • Zoos

  • Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Government Agencies


Strategies for developing skills to get the job you want

Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want

  • Pursue an excellent academic record

  • Obtain part-time, summer, or internship work experience

  • Volunteer with service and counseling organizations

  • Become fluent in a foreign language

  • Obtain an advanced degree and/or certification in order to perform substantive counseling work

  • Obtain a minor in an additional area of interest (i.E. Language, business, education)

  • Develop strong writing and speaking skills


Strategies for developing skills to get the job you want1

Strategies For Developing Skills To Get The Job You Want

  • Develop strong quantitative and statistical skills

  • Become comfortable working with people from different backgrounds and cultures

  • Acquire sales experience

  • Become active in peer mediation groups if available

  • Secure leadership positions in campus or community groups

  • Obtain teaching certification

  • Shadow the work of a professional


Books and web resources

Books And Web Resources

Web Resources

Careers in Marine Science - http://oceanlink.island.net/career/career2.html

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - http://www.noaa.gov/index.html

Books

Marine Science Careers by Steve Adams and Tracey Crago

Opportunities in Marine Science and Maritime Careers by Ray Heitzmann


Resources for more information

Resources For More Information

USC’s Department of Marine Science

www.msci.sc.edu

Career Center library

http://www.sc.edu/career/Library/library.html

Marine Science Related Websites

http://www.sc.edu/career/la/marinesci.html

College of Arts and Sciences Career Development Programwww.sc.edu/career/cascdp/index.html


What can i do with a major in marine science

Career Center Contact Information

University of South Carolina Career Center

6th Floor, H. William Close Building (BA Building)

Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-7280

On-call counseling without an appointment:

M - F, 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

(Summer and holiday hours may differ, please check the website at www.sc/edu/career)


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