Man has been concerned about his relationship with the earth and sea since the very beginning. Many ancient cultures pulled their food from the ocean, and learned in time to work to prevent pollution and over fishing of the waters that sustained their lives and livelihood. Fast-forward to today and we see that earth and marine studies lead to degrees in an impressive range of disciplines to deal with these issues. Chemistry, marine biology, oceanography, geology, math and specializations within each of those fields take on the global challenges we face daily. As recent disasters like oil spills, floods and tsunamis have devastated communities around the world, there is a greater need for students who have degrees in earth and marine studies. And even more opportunities are presenting themselves for those with specialized knowledge who can work with the marine environment in areas such as wildlife and pollution.
Nearly 50% of graduates in these fields find work using the research and analytical skills they’ve developed and most find full time employment. A large percentage find jobs closely related to their field of study such as marketing, fieldwork, managers, administrators, scientists, consultants, teachers, museum directors and even media specialists.
Not to be overlooked is the retail side of the field which has a long history as well. Companies like West Marine that started out simply selling rope and related products has grown into a major player in the field of marine retail outfitting. They have recently teamed up with Groupon to make shopping for their products, which now include more than 75,000 items online, compatible with the shopping preferences of today’s tech savvy customers who turn to the internet to search for marine specialty items.
Traditional goods like engine parts, safety equipment and navigational instruments are offered along with GPS gadgets, Bluetooth enabled accessories and GoPro cameras. They also offer an impressive selection of clothing for men, women and children.
It takes a clever mind to design and produce all these items. They say necessity is the mother of invention and design is another field that has contributed greatly to our study of the oceans. Underwater cameras with remote operated diving equipment have opened new windows into our watery world. Students concerned with working to save the environment should consider the growing field of marine studies and the jobs offered on land and sea.