Future college students, listen up!
Employment in environmental and marine fields is expected to grow nearly 30 percent by 2018, according to a U.S. Department of Labor report. Driving this increase are coastal population growth, urbanization of the coast, and
the need to maintain and expand working waterfronts. Opportunities will include
environmental policymaking; regulations compliance; water-resource preservation;
exotic/invasive pest control; and marine, ocean, and coastal conservation.
As you research potential college majors in our online “BoatU.S. Marine
Education Program” database ( BoatUS.com/Colleges), you’ll find many of the traditional marine biology, marine science, and oceanography programs. But there are
lots of other newer programs to consider as well. For instance:
Marine affairs/marine policy: While such programs have been traditionally
reserved for advanced degrees, several schools now offer undergraduate programs.
This interdisciplinary major marries social and natural sciences with statistics,
economics, political ecology, computer programming, and more. Possible careers
include policy-making on local, state, or federal government levels; non-government
nonprofits; environmental protection; fisheries management; marine transportation;
environmental consulting; marine insurance; shipping; and political ecology.
Oceans/coastal/maritime law: This concentration has grown significantly in the
last decade due to the changing climate and water levels and to the many legal and
policy changes regarding our oceans and waterways, coastlines, and water rights.
For more ideas for creative careers in the marine world, see the article “The 2011
Boat Lovers’ Guide to Marine Colleges” by Tim Murphy.
All work and no play? No way!
Did you know that the student who loves the water and boats can bring those pas-
sions along, and go to a college with great sailing, fishing, and waterskiing clubs
and teams? For instance:
The top bass-fishing schools in the country are the University of Alabama; the
University of North Alabama; and Murray State University, in Kentucky.
The top-ranked sailing teams (for the 2015–2016 school year) are at Georgetown
University, in Washington, D.C.; Connecticut’s Yale University; and Boston College.
The top-ranked waterskiing teams are at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette;
Florida Southern College, in Lakeland; and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Sources: collegiatebasschampionship.com, collegesailing.org, usawaterski.org
them excel is critical.
“One thing potential workers need to
know is that while there are great jobs
available, this is hard work. It’s physically
demanding. There’s a certain mentality
that’s needed for these jobs. But once
you get past that, the jobs are highly
rewarding, both financially and from a
Ramsey also points out the need for
continual training and innovation. “If
you’re not improving in this business,
you’re falling behind.”
and BoatU.S. can help
Building and fixing a boat today has
become a much more technical enterprise than it was years ago – between
CAD-CAM (computer-aided design,
taking the industry to the next level.
BoatU.S. Magazine has done some
of the homework for students and
second-career candidates interested in
exploring marine-career options and
the multitude of accredited certification programs, first-rate one- and two-year trade schools, and community colleges. To explore our comprehensive
“BoatU.S. Marine Education Program”
database of technical schools and colleges across the country, organized by
interests, programs, locations, and specialties, which includes live links to
all the schools. Go to BoatUS.com/
Colleges. And while you’re there, read
our other in-depth article on this subject: “The 2011 Boat Lovers’ Guide to
Marine Trade Schools” by contributing
editor Tim Murphy.
in a marine-industry career and want
to find out
Go to BoatUS.
to see our
list of annual