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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Careers & Employability

At the University of Southampton, we believe in providing our students with skills, experience and opportunities to help in acquiring a future career.

Through our Careers and Employability service, you are given guidance and support throughout your studies and including post-studies for up to three years after graduation.

Each faculty provides ample opportunities to get involved in a wide range of programs that can help towards gainful employment. Find out more below.

Graduates of Ocean and Earth Science are highly sought after by a wide range of employers because we integrate skills-based learning into our degree programmes.

A competitive edge

The strength and prestige of our degrees are recognised by a wide spectrum of employers who view graduates of Ocean and Earth Science as well-qualified scientists who possess excellent personal and transferable skills profiles such as numeracy, communication and teamworking. Furthermore, our graduates are seen as having a greater degree of independence and self-reliance than any comparable graduates.

A wealth of options

A degree in the ocean and Earth sciences will prepare you for a wide choice of careers such as civil engineering and construction, exploration, geophysical survey, conservation and government laboratory work.

Some of our graduates progress immediately to a dedicated master's degree or doctorate in their chosen area. Teacher training and specialisms within the civil service have also been popular. Other students however have chosen graduate-entry routes into very different areas, ranging from banking and insurance to the armed forces and IT.

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The knowledge and skills provided by my degree at NOCS have proved essential for starting a career in marine sciences.
Julie DoranMSci Oceanography
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Where are they now?

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