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Career Opportunities

With 71% of the Earth's surface covered by the ocean, careers in marine science are diverse with great opportunities to travel and see the world. Marine Science graduates can pursue careers in various fields and locations worldwide.


Sample of Graduate School Placement
KU Marine Science students have recently gone on to graduate school at: College of Charleston, NOVA Southeastern University, University of Wisconsin, University of Delaware, University of South Carolina, University of Mississippi, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Shippensburg University, and University of Rhode Island.

Career Possibilities:
Industry - Equipment Manufacturing, Coastal Environmental Consulting, Aquarium Design and Sales, Marine Hydrokinetic Energy (alternative energy), Food Resources and Aquaculture, Biomedicine and Pharmaceuticals, Communications, Marine Engineering.

State and Local Government - Numerous job designations relating to environmental evaluation and control.

Education - Field stations, high school, and college/university.

Non-Profit Organizations- Zoos and Aquariums, marine laboratories, conservation and education groups, The Nature Conservancy.

Federal Government Agencies - National Marine Fisheries, Fish and Wildlife Services, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, Natural Resource Conservatory Service, U. S. Coast Guard, Office of Naval Research.

Example Jobs of Recent Graduates:Nick Mathews deploys the CTD

Nick Mathews '13
Marine technician
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Eric Wink '13
Transport Specialist/ Diver
Dynasty Marine Associates Inc.

Lauren Piorkowski '13
Sea Turtle Conservation
Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science & Recovery

Baby green sea turtleJennifer Herting '14
Marine Biologist Assistant, Photography Technician Assistant, and Guest Services
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

Alexis Fleming '14
Biologist Aide (Fish and Invertebrates)
Adventure Aquarium
Camden, New Jersey

For more information on available careers for Marine Science graduates, please visit the Career Center.