Careers & Alumni

Whether you decide to go to graduate school or enter the workforce, you’ll be well-prepared for that next step in life.

After graduating with a B.S. in Oceanography at HSU, our alumni go on to pursue their masters or Ph.D. programs at some of the world’s best graduate schools. Others pursue a variety of private sector and governmental careers.

In fact, over 80 percent of our graduates get jobs related to their Oceanography degree at oceanic research companies, science centers, public and environmental health departments, and government agencies. 

Whatever you decide to do, your foundation in science and oceanic studies will help you get to where you want to go.

Related Job Titles

The following list is not meant to be all inclusive; many other job alternatives and titles may exist. Some require further education. As an ESM major, careers could reach across other concentration areas; refer to those career guides.

Oceanographer
Marine Biologist
Aquatic Biologist
Marine Resource Specialist
Biological Technician
Ocean Technician
Research Assistant
Laboratory Assistant
Biophysicist
Physical Science Technician
Physical Oceanographer
Chemical Oceanographer
Chemist
Geological Oceanographer
Geophysicist
Geologist
Hydrologist
Water Pollution Technician
Meterologist Assistant
Hydrographic Survey Technician
Oceanographic Instrumentation Technician
Scientific Diver
Deck Support Technician
Science Officer (NOAA)
NOAA Corps Officer
Seismic Engineer
Coastal/Ocean Engineer
Environmental Specialist
Museum/Aquarium Manager
Aquaculture Technician
Marine Products Sales Rep.

Marketable Skills

Communication

  • Writing precise technical reports
  • Working as part of a team
  • Teach and give lectures

Recording & Interpreting Data

  • Categorizing sepcimens & experiments
  • Forecasting marine ecosystems
  • Excellent observations & recording skills
  • Analyzing microscopic samples

Technical Skills

  • Excellend grasp of geology, biology, chemistry, math & marine sciences
  • Ability to use diving equipment and submersible vehicles
  • Collect samples of natural resources from the sea and shorelines
  • Use of technical instruments to collect data

Computer Skills

  • Perform simulations with numerical/computer modeling
  • Strong IT skills
  • Working with statistacial packages & mathematical models to analyze data