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The U.S. Department of Labor expects employment for all geoscientists, including oceanographers, to grow about as fast as the average (6 percent) for all occupations through 2028. The field of marine science is growing, but researchers specializing in the popular field of biological oceanography, or marine biology, will face competition for available positions and research funding over the next few years. However, funding for graduate students and professional positions is expected to increase in the areas of global climate change, environmental research and management, fisheries science, and marine biomedical and pharmaceutical research programs. Although job availability is difficult to predict for several years out, anyone doing good, strong academic work with a well-known professor in the field has good employment chances.

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