The good news is that Oceanographer jobs are growing faster than the national average. One reason for this is that, as the earth's population grows, there is more of a concern with how the environment affects people and how we affect (or destroy) the environment. This means there is going to be more and more of a need for smart people to come up with policies for both conservation and for the extracting of needed resources. The bad news is that this trend isn't true with government jobs. Budget cuts see this type of job slashed first, so if your dream was to be an Oceanographer for Uncle Sam, you have your work cut out for you.