The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to provide the technical and logistical support that is vital for the efficient running of research programmes, including the collection and processing of a wide variety of data both at sea and on land. Tasks can vary from basic collection of fish samples to complex processing of data from satellites. Duties include the operation of sophisticated electronic equipment and computers, the basic tools of modern oceanography.
Oceanographic technicians are employed in all sub-disciplines of oceanographic research, such as fisheries biology, biological oceanography and physical or chemical oceanography. They spend substantial periods at sea collecting data. The oceanographic technicianï¿½s scientific and technical skills also opens up employment opportunities in the private sector.