Careers: Working in Ocean Exploration

This section offers a glimpse into what it is like to work in the field of ocean exploration through interviews with scientists, engineers, filmmakers, students, and others who are making careers out of exploring the deep. These interviews will help you to understand the various paths that explorers have taken and what they are doing in their jobs.

If you are interested in working with NOAA, visit this page for more information on the variety of opportunities available with the agency and how to pursue them. For students interested in specific opportunities with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, visit the Explorers-in-Training page.

Ocean Exploration Careers

Learn more about a variety of ocean careers available to those interested in work on or in the ocean. Learn more about a wide variety of talented people who explore our ocean planet, ranging from explorers, graduate students, submersible pilots, and vessel crew to NOAA Corps Officers.

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Explorer-in-Training Program

As part of its mission to train the next generation of ocean explorers, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration hosts undergraduate and graduate students in the Explorer-in-Training program, where participants gain valuable experience in deepwater mapping and exploration. This page provides an overview of the program, including program requirements and application information.

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Explorer-in-Training Profiles

Explorers-in-Training showcases undergraduate and graduate students who have participated in education opportunities on NOAA Office of Exploration and Research expeditions. These students are apprenticing in a variety of capacities, living on board NOAA research ships, and serving as part of the science teams they are learning from. This page includes profiles for these "Explorers-in-Training," as well as resources to help you discover how to become part of this dynamic field.

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