Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 29 Issue 01

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Volume 29, No. 1
Pages 4 - 5

QUARTERDECK • Working Toward a PhD in Ocean Sciences Hones a Variety of Marketable Skills: Insights from Oceanography’s Career Profiles Column

Ellen S. Kappel
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As ocean sciences PhD recipients head out into the market for jobs in academia, government, or industry, they likely reflect upon what parts of their graduate school education will be relevant to the wide variety of available positions. In particular, graduating PhD students and postdocs applying to jobs outside of academia may wonder what exactly they have learned that will enable them to succeed at projects that fall outside of their particular research area. If subject-area expertise is not always essential, what other kinds of knowledge and skills did they gain while working on ocean sciences PhDs that translate well into careers outside of academia, or even outside of oceanography?


Kappel, E.S. 2016. Working toward a PhD in ocean sciences hones a variety of marketable skills: Insights from Oceanography’s Career Profiles column. Oceanography 29(1):4–5, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.21.