What is an Oceanographer?

Oct 16, 2023 | Education

Oceanography - AMFA courses

Here at the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy (AMFA), we are passionate about equipping aspiring oceanographers with the knowledge and skills needed to unravel the mysteries of our world’s oceans.

Oceanography, the scientific study of the oceans, plays a pivotal role in understanding our planet’s marine environment. While AMFA do not provide an Oceanography course, our courses can serve as a great introduction to the industry.

In this article, we will delve into the field of oceanography, its significance, and how AMFA offers a range of courses designed to prepare young individuals with a strong foundation in maritime skills and a clear path to a fulfilling career in oceanography.

Oceanography in Adelaide

Unpacking the World of Oceanography

Oceanography is a multidisciplinary field that encompasses the scientific exploration of Earth’s oceans. Simply put, an oceanographer studies the ocean. Oceanographers study various aspects of the oceans, including their physical, chemical, biological, and geological properties. This research contributes to a deeper understanding of the oceans, their ecosystems, and the impacts of human activities on this critical environment.

Roles and Responsibilities of Oceanographers

  1. Physical Oceanography: Physical oceanographers investigate ocean dynamics, including currents, temperatures, and wave patterns. Their work is essential in understanding ocean circulation and its influence on climate.
  2. Chemical Oceanography: These oceanographers focus on the composition of seawater, examining dissolved gases, nutrients, and pollutants. Their research is vital for assessing water quality and identifying sources of pollution.
  3. Biological Oceanography: Biological oceanographers explore marine life, from microscopic plankton to large marine mammals. They study the distribution, behaviour, and ecosystems of marine organisms. Very much relevant here in Australia!
  4. Geological Oceanography: Geological oceanographers delve into the ocean floor, examining its structure, sediments, and geological processes. They also contribute to our understanding of plate tectonics and the formation of ocean basins.
  5. Marine Environmental Management: Oceanographers often engage in marine environmental management, working with governments and organizations to develop strategies for the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources.

AMFA’s Contribution to Aspiring Oceanographers

AMFA is committed to nurturing young and enthusiastic individuals, providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary for maritime careers, including the exciting field of oceanography. Our institution understands the importance of offering flexible industry pathways, enabling students to tailor their education to their specific areas of interest within the maritime sector.

Do AMFA have an Oceanography course?

At AMFA, we offer a diverse array of courses that cater to different aspects of the maritime industry. We do not offer an “oceanography” course per se, but rather our courses may help you get a job in the industry. 


In conclusion, at the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy, we’d love to aid in building up the next generation of oceanographers. Through our range of courses and flexible industry pathways, we are empowering young individuals to explore, protect, and conserve our world’s oceans.

Oceanographers, in collaboration with future maritime professionals, will continue to uncover the secrets of the deep, protect our marine environments, and ensure the sustainability of our precious ocean resources for generations to come. If you’re interested in any of our great courses, check out the carousel below, or read our testimonials from happy students!

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