Careers in Physical Oceanography

About 95% of the Physical Oceanography students who have graduated from URI with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are  following careers in oceanography.  They have found positions in academic institutions, federal and state laboratories and agencies, as well as private industry.  Some of these places are tabulated below.  Many of our graduates are national leaders in oceanography and work in a variety of research, educational, policy and management positions.  The university settings include oceanographic educational programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Partial listing of locations PO/RS graduates are presently employed:


Academic Institutions
  • Coastal Carolina University 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • San Francisco State University 
  • University of Hawaii 
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth 
  • University of Miami, RSMAS 
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Southern Mississippi 
  • University of Washington
  • US Naval Postgraduate School
  • US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
Government Agencies
  • AOML/NOAA - Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorolgy Lab - Miami, FL
  • JPL - Jet Propulsion Lab - Pasadena, CA
  • NASA Goddard - Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD   
  • NODC - National Oceanographic Data  Center - Silver Spring, MD
  • NRL-SSC - Naval Research Lab - Stennis Space Center - Stennis, MS
  • PMEL/NOAA - Pacific Marine Environment Lab - Seattle, WA
  • USCG - US Coast Guard
  • USGS - US Geological Survey - Menlo Park, CA

  • Flinders University - Adelaide, Australia 
  • Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais - San Jose dos Campos, Brazil 
  • National Centre for Marine Research - Athens, Greece 
  • Institute for Marine Research - Bergen, Norway 
  • Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral-Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Accurate Environmental Forecasting, Inc. - Narragansett, RI
  • Applied Science Associates - Narragansett, RI
  • Science Applications International Corporation- Newport, RI

Some additional sites that contain information regarding careers in oceanography:


Features biographies and perspectives of women oceanographers.


Contains The Oceanography Society's brochure entitled Careers in Oceanography and Marine-Related Fields.

Last updated: 07/21/06