NAMEPA’s Annual Conference Brings Industry Experts Together To Explore Shipping’s Vision for the Future
November 2, 2021: The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) held its Annual Conference…
I once wrote an article entitled “Oceans: Earth’s Final Frontier” in which I cited the statistic that, despite covering 70% of the earth’s surface, only 5% of oceans have been explored by humans. It is no surprise then that so many people are fascinated by the oceans. As a fellow ocean lover, I understand why one may be enamored of the mysteries, the possibilities for exploration, the need for protection, and the ability to manipulate the ecosystem for use for human progress. The possibilities for working with the ocean are limitless.
Careers involving working with the ocean can be split into a few categories: those who ask questions, those who solve problems, those who make and interpret laws, those who harness the resources of the ocean, and those who disperse all of this information. At the same time, marine careers are incredibly interdisciplinary. For example, there are engineers who work in the shipping industry and ship masters, deck officers, and seamen who can work on boats used for shipping, fishing, or research.
It can be overwhelming looking for job opportunities in the marine sciences, or in any field. So in an attempt to put all of that information in one space, here is a basic description of some of the many careers involving the oceans and advice for finding your way to a career path in the big blue.
Working with, for, on, and near the ocean is all about exploration and discovery, no matter which of the above careers you pursue. For that reason, I offer this advice to the budding ocean lover, advice I myself am trying to follow: take time to discover yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your favorite things, and your least favorite things. Go out and explore.
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