According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in environmental and marine fields is expected to increase nearly 30 percent from 2008 to 2018. Employment is being driven by coastal population growth, urbanization of the coast, and the need to maintain and expand working waterfronts. 

The demand arises as waterfront tourism and development continue to grow, even as our society’s expectations for environmental quality and conservation increase. Managing the delicate balance between these oft-competing interests takes expertise and manpower. 

With a degree in Marine Sciences or Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs, you might help craft responsible environmental policy, help a private company comply with existing and new regulations, work to preserve water resources or to control exotic and invasive pests. You might find yourself serving in a range of other settings from government labs and regulatory agencies, to private labs, companies, schools, museums and aquariums.  Particular careers might include:

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  • Animal Trainer / Behaviorist
  • Oceanographer
  • Marine Research
  • Veterinarian
  • Lab Technician
  • Secondary / College Teacher
  • Hydrographer    
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Fisheries Manager
  • Commercial Diver

With a double major in Applied Mathematics and Marine Sciences, you will be especially qualified for career opportunities in such fields as marine resource evaluation and sustainability, species population dynamics, and data systems management.