NETWORK
Ocean Careers

At a recent COSEE Network conference, two of the action items that grew out of conference meetings were:

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Create a committee on equitable workforce/diversity; and
Identify barriers to ocean related careers.
The COSEE Network has acknowledged the importance of increasing and diversifying the ocean workforce. Network goals include gathering and synthesizing the best information available to define and describe ocean-related jobs, their relationship to the ocean economy, and present and future workforce trends, with an emphasis on ocean science and technology occupations. The Network has also identified gaps between what ocean-related employers want/need in their employees, contrasted with current training practices.

Network programs addressing ocean workforce needs include:

OceanCareers.com a nationwide project supported by COSEE-California; and
California and the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center at Monterey Peninsula College.
The OceanCareers website includes information on:

Ocean-related careers;
Colleges, universities and training centers that specialize in ocean-related education;
Professional societies that can provide career guidance and scholarships;
Internships and jobs; and
Related links to Career exploration.
This website 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; or
A working professional seeking a career change.
In the workforce, trends in ocean science include increased use of remote sensing, information technology/ computing, microelectronics, and biotechnology. Preparing students to enter this fast-changing environment requires change. Some of the COSEE Network initiatives addressing this change include:

Developing partnerships with industries and professional societies;
Ensuring the inclusion of ocean education in the National Science Standards;
Investigating the needs of school districts;
Bringing industry scientists into the classroom;
Closing the gap between Schools of Education/Schools of Education Research and Science Departments;
Educating district leaders in terms of partnerships; and
Presenting events such as the symposium Multicultural Pathways to Ocean Sciences Education sponsored by COSEE-SouthEast.