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Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940



Who are we? is a nationwide project supported by COSEE California (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence), part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) network created to foster scientists’ involvement in ocean science education. One of ten COSEE Centers nationwide, COSEE California represents a powerful collaboration between the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center at Monterey Peninsula College, the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and California Sea Grant.




Why did we build this site?

Because the oceans are vital to our lives and livelihood!  

Did you know that the oceans sustain one out of every six American jobs now? *

*From Vice President Al Gore opening address to the National Ocean Conference June 11, 1998

Did you know that 20% of our economy is based on ocean related activities?

Ocean careers support:

  • National security/defense
  • Transportation and commerce
  • Energy and exploration activities
  • Telecommunications
  • Recreation and tourism
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Search and recovery operations
  • Nautical/underwater archeology
  • Government assessment and regulation
  • Scientific/medical research
  • Education and the arts
  • …And much more

 However there is a problem.

  • Current trends in research and industry are not well reflected in many educational programs.
  • Clear links are missing between education programs, marine careers, and the marine economy.
  • There is a lack of readily available information about careers in non-academic marine science and technology positions.
  • Many ocean occupations are not classified by the Department of Labor and therefore are hidden from educators and students.

The solution –

This web site will provides current information on career opportunities, the knowledge and skills required to enter these careers, where students can gain the necessary education, employers who hire people to work in these careers, and much more.

Can you answer these questions?

Are you aware of specific educational backgrounds and skills employers are looking for – and who these employers are?

Do you know which schools can help you obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to enter an ocean career?

Or  Are you an employer who is seeking qualified applicants for ocean-related jobs?

This web site is designed for anyone who wants to know more about ocean occupations.  Whether you’re.... 

  • A student trying to choose the right college.
  • A counselor or educator advising students.
  • An employer looking for employees or additional education and training for current staff.
  • A working professional seeking a career change. is your one-stop web site that’s designed to help you make important decisions about your education and future.

What type of information does this web site have?

At the heart of are four databases in which you’ll find detailed information about:

Educational Institutions – descriptions of more than 300 educational institutions offering ocean-related programs*  

Careers - descriptions of more than fifty ocean occupations, including task and duties, knowledge and skills, salary range, and workforce trends.    

Educational Competencies – what you need to know and be able to do in twenty-four different discipline areas to be marketable in today’s workplace* Details on competencies are embeded within career descriptions.

Professional Societies – links to more than 200 professional societies*

*  Information will be added and updated continually.

And much more useful information...

How can help you!

Educators and their institutions

·        Teachers and professors – Identify how particular subjects and skills help students prepare for specific ocean careers.
  • Counselors –Learn more about ocean careers so you can help orient and guide students.
  • Educational institutions –Make curricula and programs more relevant to work force needs.

Students and working professionals

  • K-12 students – Learn more about the ocean and how people work in and around it. Find schools that prepare you for ocean careers.
  • College students and graduates – Identify needed skills and find potential employers.
  • Working adults – Identify new careers and continuing education opportunities.
  • All – Find internships, post resumes, and apply for jobs.

Employers and others

  • Employers – Announce jobs, seek qualified applicants, and find continuing education opportunities for current employees.
  • Professional societies – Build better links with students, teachers, educational institutions, and employers.
  • Labor and employment agencies – Update occupational listings.
  • Scientists and engineers – Provide career guidance to graduate students and play a role in educational reform.

Tell us what you think.

Please note that there are comment boxes on every page.  Please let us know what you think and know we can improve the web site. 

Thank you!

For further information, please contact:

Deidre Sullivan Project Director
Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA  93940
Tel. (831) 645-1393; Fax (831) 646-3080


The MATE Center’s mission is to help prepare America’s work force for marine-related occupations. For more information, visit

This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of the foundation.



This project is supported, in part, by the NationalScience Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation