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O is for… Oceanographer!

One of my favorite fictional job titles is “Oceanographic Explorer,” which is actually the name of a magazine that features in Wes Anderson’s movie, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The reporter who arrives to interview Steve becomes quite a thorn in his side, which is part of what makes this movie so funny, but as it turns out one can be an Oceanographic Explorer in real life by becoming an Oceanographer.

Oceanographers study the sea – and its inhabitants! (photo credit: David J. Thomas)

Oceanographers are scientists who study the ocean. There are many different scientific disciplines that fall under oceanography, including marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, and physical oceanography. Even NASA is looking for oceanographers, to observe our oceans from space!

UC San Diego is actually a leader in oceanography – and for good reason. The city is, of course, right on California’s coast, and has plenty of access to the water. And the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is interested in training the next generation of marine scientists who can address “issues of global concern, the environment, climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable resources.” (And you can find a full list of things you can do with a degree from Scripps here!)

Whether you’re interested in science or adventure (or a little bit of both!) oceanography is an exciting field to consider.

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Other Outstanding Jobs That Start With O

  • Obstetrician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optician
  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Osteopath

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A is for Astronaut

A is for… Astronaut!

Mae Jemison (photo credit: NASA on The Commons)

This is Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color in space. Described by NASA as “the first African-American astronaut,” she first entered space in 1992 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour as a mission specialist. She originally completed her astronaut training in 1988, after being chosen for the space program in 1987.

She left the agency in 1993 to accept a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth, and later went on to found both the Jemison Group and 100 Year Starship, an organization that seeks to enable the capability for interstellar human space flight by 2112.

You can follow her on Twitter @maejemison.

Being an astronaut requires a lot of hard work and studying, as well as physical stamina and training. Indeed, NASA’s Astronaut Requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, a biological science, physical science, or mathematics;
  • At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft; and
  • The ability to pass the space physical – which includes the additional requirements of 20/100 or better uncorrected vision, blood pressure 140/90, and a height between 62 and 75 inches (5’1″ to 6’9″).

But, let’s face it… it’s got to be pretty cool to be able to do this at work:

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (photo credit: NASA on The Commons)

Want to become an astronaut? Read more about the Astronaut Selection Program, and the other International Space Agencies around the world (not to mention SpaceX, which just made history by launching and landing a used rocket on March 30!), along with these brief articles.

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Other Awesome Jobs That Start With A

  • Actor
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Archeologist
  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Athlete
  • Author
  • Aviator

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