Marine Science

Marine Science is about the oceans and seafloors: their organisms, ecosystems, currents, chemistry, meteorology, geology, etc.

Studying in this area involves learning about how oceans affect other parts of the Earth's environment, and vice versa.

This includes learning about the threats facing oceans such as global warming, pollution and over-fishing, and about possible solutions.

NZ university majors related to this area

Did you know?

Oceans cover 71% of the Earth's surface.

And yet due to their depth, oceans have about 300 times as much habitable space as Earth's land areas.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Marine scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Fisheries policy analyst
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


130% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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