Marine Careers Central

Interested in a career that advances knowledge about the planet we share?

Would you like to work on an ocean-going ship someday? Thousands of people have contributed to the JR’s research by working on the ship. Each of these people had a different background and different career goals; over the course of the ship’s history<, the JR had a role for each of them.

The careers represented by people who sail on the JOIDES Resolution and work on the science before and after expeditions is expansive.  Deep Earth Academy offers a number of resources for introducing students to the different types of experts involved in the science- from drillers and engineers to cooks and captains, and the scientists themselves.

Break stereotypes and expand students’ perception about who is involved with science with these activities and resources.
       • Only about 30 of the 130 people who sail on the JOIDES Resolution are scientists. Have students step out of their seats and think about what role they would want to play on the ship using the Careers at Sea Conducting Science on the JOIDES Resolution activity<
       • Get kids on a computer to explore the Career Profile Interactive< to learn about different specialists who sail. Or download and print the Individual Career Profiles<.
       • You can also use Exploring Ocean Science Careers< with the above resources and NOAA’s Ocean Explorer Careers< webpage for a broader perspective.
       • JR Playing Cards< that highlight different jobs on board are not just fun, they can be used to assign groups, generate questions, highlight collaboration, and prepare for an expedition.
       • Use the Legacy of Scientific Ocean Drilling poster with these activities<.

Use our exciting and informative videos< to explore different careers.
       • Learn the different ways people are inspired to become scientists, and what it is like to be an IODP scientist.
       • Learn more about particular careers, such as imaging specialist, captain, curator, lab officer, micropaleontologist, and toolpusher.

Curious about who is sailing now and what they are doing?
       • Check out the Science Party and Crew< and learn about some of the others with the Crew Profiles and Career History<.
       • Want to see what really happens on the ship? Visit the Friends and Family Photo Gallery< where photos are uploaded weekly throughout every expedition.
       • Got a questions?  Then Ask a scientist< and get a response from one of the folks out on the current expedition!
       • You can also explore the Expedition pages< to find out who has sailed in the past and who will be sailing in the future.

Here are some resources to help you imagine what an earth science career or marine career might look like for you.

We want these resources to help you imagine what an earth science career or marine career might look like for you. So we’ve provided information on our crew members’ educational background, their personal interests, and the life experiences that brought them to a career in scientific ocean drilling.


To search for more resources related to this topic, go to our Educator Resources< page.

Crew Profiles & Careers
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Career Profile Interactive
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Meet the Science Party
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