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RESEARCH ASSISTANT, OCEANOGRAPHY, IN-DEPTH: Sees Places Not Seen By Most People

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Chris, a Ph.D. student in Oceanography, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and his work-life balance. As a student, you work all of the time. but most of the time you love what you're studying and researching so it's worth it.

Degree: Oceanography
Job Title: Research Assistant

Job Summary: Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

Job Description

Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Geoscientists need a license to practice in some states. Requirements vary by state but typically include minimum education and experience requirements and a passing score on an exam.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$45,000 - $160,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Remote, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills

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m='14440'>so</span> <span m='15560'>many</span> <span m='15690'>people</span> <span m='16090'>will</span> <span m='16260'>never</span> <span m='17000'>be</span> <span m='17120'>able</span> <span m='17280'>to</span> <span m='17370'>travel</span> <span m='17800'>to.</span> <span m='19120'>And</span> <span m='19260'>getting</span> <span m='19500'>to</span> <span m='19630'>do</span> <span m='19780'>that</span> <span m='20010'>for</span> <span m='20120'>work.</span> <span m='20530'>That's</span> <span m='20730'>pretty</span> <span m='21150'>incredible.</span> </p><p><span m='21580'>It's</span> <span m='21750'>a</span> <span m='21830'>lot</span> <span m='22140'>of</span> <span m='22220'>work.</span> <span m='25870'>Part</span> <span m='26600'>of</span> <span m='26980'>this</span> <span m='27420'>sort</span> <span m='27660'>of</span> <span m='27710'>career</span> <span m='28080'>path</span> <span m='28620'>means</span> <span m='29090'>that</span> <span m='29280'>sometimes</span> <span m='29850'>you</span> <span m='29960'>work</span> <span m='30200'>very</span> <span m='31220'>long</span> <span m='31580'>days,</span> <span m='32070'>very</span> <span m='32530'>late</span> <span m='32960'>hours</span> <span m='33490'>when</span> <span m='33650'>you're</span> <span m='33810'>exhausted.</span> <span m='35180'>And</span> <span m='35330'>that's</span> <span m='35910'>just</span> <span m='36120'>the</span> <span m='36200'>reality</span> <span m='36730'>of</span> <span m='36910'>it.</span> <span m='37160'>But</span> <span m='38000'>I</span> <span m='38120'>would</span> <span m='38300'>say</span> <span m='40240'>with</span> <span m='40530'>any</span> <span m='40840'>job,</span> <span m='41290'>there</span> <span m='41390'>are</span> <span m='41510'>going</span> <span m='41620'>to</span> <span m='41660'>be</span> <span m='41810'>some</span> <span m='42060'>things</span> <span m='42340'>that</span> <span m='42440'>are</span> <span m='42540'>not</span> <span m='42840'>so</span> <span m='43070'>fun.</span> <span m='43990'>If</span> <span m='44130'>you</span> <span m='44270'>can</span> <span m='44430'>deal</span> <span m='44680'>with</span> <span m='44810'>the</span> <span m='44900'>things</span> <span m='45230'>that</span> <span m='45340'>are</span> <span m='45410'>not</span> <span m='45750'>so</span> <span m='46040'>fun,</span> <span m='46580'>like</span> <span m='46950'>working</span> <span m='47320'>really,</span> <span m='47660'>really</span> <span m='47820'>hard,</span> <span m='48920'>and</span> <span m='49370'>you</span> <span m='49520'>get</span> <span m='49740'>to</span> <span m='49840'>enjoy</span> <span m='50170'>the</span> <span m='50300'>things</span> <span m='50580'>that</span> <span m='50710'>are</span> <span m='50950'>fun,</span> <span m='52440'>then</span> <span m='54120'>you'll</span> <span m='54390'>be</span> <span m='54570'>doing</span> <span m='54890'>all</span> <span m='55010'>right.</span> </p><p><span m='55770'>I</span> <span m='56190'>finally</span> <span m='56590'>changed</span> <span m='56910'>my</span> <span m='57040'>mind</span> <span m='57410'>when</span> <span m='57600'>I</span> <span m='57660'>was</span> <span m='57820'>an</span> <span m='57910'>undergraduate</span> <span m='59350'>to</span> <span m='59740'>switch</span> <span m='60000'>from--</span> <span m='60270'>I</span> <span m='60600'>was</span> <span m='60750'>originally</span> <span m='61110'>thinking</span> <span m='61860'>of</span> <span m='62140'>going</span> <span m='62710'>into</span> <span m='63170'>teaching,</span> <span m='64700'>becoming</span> <span m='65209'>a</span> <span m='65260'>high</span> <span m='65430'>school</span> <span m='65910'>teacher.</span> <span m='66900'>Which</span> <span m='67220'>I</span> <span m='67290'>think</span> <span m='67510'>is</span> <span m='67620'>a</span> <span m='67680'>great</span> <span m='68030'>profession.</span> <span m='69920'>But</span> <span m='71620'>I</span> <span m='72820'>decided</span> <span m='73260'>to</span> <span m='73360'>change</span> <span m='73650'>my</span> <span m='73790'>career</span> <span m='74100'>path</span> <span m='74620'>and</span> <span m='75040'>go</span> <span m='75220'>into</span> <span m='75400'>what</span> <span m='75580'>I'm</span> <span m='75760'>doing</span> <span m='76160'>now.</span> <span m='76590'>An</span> <span m='77120'>ultimate,</span> <span m='77620'>long-term</span> <span m='78110'>goal</span> <span m='78580'>is</span> <span m='78860'>to</span> <span m='79870'>go</span> <span m='80040'>into</span> <span m='80210'>academia,</span> <span m='80960'>to</span> <span m='81060'>be</span> <span m='81430'>a</span> <span m='81480'>college</span> <span m='81880'>professor.</span> <span m='82440'>So</span> <span m='82570'>still</span> <span m='82820'>do</span> <span m='82950'>teaching,</span> <span m='83590'>but</span> <span m='83700'>do</span> <span m='83810'>research</span> <span m='84280'>as</span> <span m='84410'>well.</span> <span m='85190'>And</span> <span m='85590'>if</span> <span m='85740'>I</span> <span m='85860'>had</span> <span m='86000'>not</span> <span m='86690'>decided</span> <span m='87960'>to</span> <span m='88380'>change</span> <span m='88720'>my</span> <span m='88860'>career</span> <span m='89200'>path</span> <span m='89550'>when</span> <span m='89750'>I</span> <span m='89830'>did,</span> <span m='90760'>I</span> <span m='90920'>wouldn't</span> <span m='91240'>be</span> <span m='91410'>where I</span> <span m='91470'>am</span> <span m='91940'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='92410'>It's</span> <span m='92630'>very,</span> <span m='93040'>very</span> <span m='93180'>competitive.</span> <span m='96200'>To</span> <span m='97070'>get</span> <span m='97270'>into</span> <span m='98600'>undergrad,</span> <span m='99450'>only</span> <span m='100230'>some</span> <span m='100540'>portion</span> <span m='100880'>of</span> <span m='100950'>people</span> <span m='101260'>do</span> <span m='101470'>that.</span> <span 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m='129820'>a</span> <span m='129900'>lot</span> <span m='130130'>of</span> <span m='130210'>people.</span> <span m='130870'>So</span> <span m='131340'>if</span> <span m='132270'>you</span> <span m='132660'>or</span> <span m='132850'>anyone</span> <span m='133730'>wanted</span> <span m='134210'>to</span> <span m='134740'>follow</span> <span m='135300'>in</span> <span m='135500'>that</span> <span m='135860'>sort</span> <span m='136070'>of</span> <span m='136250'>career</span> <span m='136580'>path,</span> <span m='137090'>you</span> <span m='137880'>essentially</span> <span m='138230'>have</span> <span m='138390'>to</span> <span m='138490'>make</span> <span m='138740'>sure</span> <span m='139080'>you're</span> <span m='139240'>one</span> <span m='139470'>of</span> <span m='139550'>the</span> <span m='139640'>top</span> <span m='139990'>people</span> <span m='140650'>every</span> <span m='141040'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='141860'>Well,</span> <span m='142450'>there's</span> <span m='142770'>a</span> <span m='142830'>lot</span> <span m='143120'>of</span> <span m='143200'>work,</span> <span m='143820'>less</span> <span m='144170'>life.</span> <span m='146690'>We</span> <span m='146840'>have</span> <span m='146990'>a</span> <span m='147040'>lot</span> <span m='147240'>of</span> <span m='147320'>fun</span> <span m='147910'>doing</span> <span m='148420'>what</span> <span m='148560'>we're</span> <span m='148680'>doing.</span> <span m='148950'>I have a</span> <span m='149050'>lot</span> <span m='149330'>of</span> <span m='149400'>great</span> <span m='149710'>friends</span> <span m='150490'>where</span> <span m='150835'>I</span> <span m='151180'>am.</span> <span m='151840'>We</span> <span m='152480'>get</span> <span m='152680'>together</span> <span m='153640'>all</span> <span m='153900'>the</span> <span m='154000'>time.</span> <span m='154680'>So</span> <span m='154720'>we</span> <span m='155030'>really</span> <span m='155330'>enjoy</span> <span m='155630'>our</span> <span m='155820'>lives</span> <span m='156390'>outside</span> <span m='156790'>of</span> <span m='156900'>work.</span> <span m='157570'>There</span> <span m='158380'>oftentimes</span> <span m='159360'>is</span> <span m='159640'>a</span> <span m='159750'>lot</span> <span m='160030'>of</span> <span m='160110'>work.</span> <span m='160450'>It</span> <span m='160580'>varies.</span> <span m='161110'>Sometimes</span> <span m='161640'>it's</span> <span m='161880'>kind</span> <span m='162250'>of</span> <span m='162330'>busy,</span> <span m='162800'>sometimes</span> <span m='163370'>it's</span> <span m='163720'>insanely</span> <span m='164330'>busy.</span> <span m='165670'>But</span> <span m='166210'>it</span> <span m='166470'>varies.</span> </p><p><span m='167980'>The</span> <span m='168080'>nice</span> <span m='168360'>thing</span> <span m='168580'>is,</span> <span m='168880'>though,</span> <span m='170320'>with</span> <span m='171200'>a</span> <span m='171290'>lot</span> <span m='171600'>of</span> <span m='171690'>jobs,</span> <span m='172130'>you</span> <span m='172240'>don't</span> <span m='172490'>necessarily</span> <span m='173170'>enjoy</span> <span m='173770'>your</span> <span m='174030'>time</span> <span m='174470'>there,</span> <span m='174830'>so</span> <span m='174950'>you</span> <span m='175100'>can't</span> <span m='175420'>wait</span> <span m='175780'>to</span> <span m='175910'>leave.</span> <span m='176680'>Luckily</span> <span m='177380'>for</span> <span m='177670'>us,</span> <span m='178685'>at</span> <span m='179080'>least</span> <span m='179390'>a</span> <span m='179460'>large</span> <span m='179920'>part</span> <span m='180180'>of</span> <span m='180280'>our</span> <span m='180440'>time</span> <span m='180960'>when</span> <span m='181090'>we're</span> <span m='181280'>at</span> <span m='181510'>work,</span> <span m='181800'>we're</span> <span m='181910'>doing</span> <span m='182720'>really</span> <span m='183030'>interesting</span> <span m='183650'>things.</span> <span m='184150'>So</span> <span m='184310'>it's</span> <span m='184870'>a</span> <span m='185030'>nice</span> <span m='185380'>place</span> <span m='185680'>to</span> <span m='185780'>be,</span> <span m='186230'>even</span> <span m='186460'>though</span> <span m='186640'>we're</span> <span m='186780'>working</span> <span m='187080'>hard.</span> </p>","file":{"id":331039,"video_id":"2987575533001","name":"1692-Chris-Oceanographer2","duration":188175,"thumbnail_url":null}});