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Scripps has been awarding graduate degrees for over eighty years, and as such, the average age of our alumni is 54 years old.

The average time to a PhD is six years, and while the majority of our alumni are male – 68% male, 32% female – those demographics are changing.

Graduates of Scripps pursue myriad career paths in a number of different sectors:

  • Four-year University
    • Professor
    • Research Scientist
    • Dean/Chair
  • State/City Government
    • Civil Engineer
    • Coastal Energy Planner
    • Marine Biologist
  • Community College
    • Professor of Oceanography
    • Professor of Chemistry
  • —Federal Government
    • Deputy Director of Enforcement (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory)
    • NASA Astronaut
    • NSF Program Director
  • Business and Industry
    • President/CEO
    • Computer System Analyst
    • Scientific Consultant
    • Senior Scientist
  • K-12 Education
    • Science Teacher,
    • Head Coach
    • ESL Teacher
  • Non-Profit
    • Co-founder
    • Board Member
    • Consultant
  • Other
    • Attorney
    • Actress
    • Author
    • Photographer
    • Physician
    • Novelist
    • General Consulting

The main employers of Scripps graduates include:

  • University of California (UC) System
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • University of Hawaii System
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • University of Washington
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
  • SAIC