Hello, I just finished my freshman year, and I am curious about the field of ocean engineering. I started as an engineering major before switching to physics, but I am still in a position where I could easily change. Exploration of the unknown, as well as the study of the ocean, have always been things that really interest me, so over the past year have been interested in pursuing physical oceanography or something similar after undergraduate. But, I am not sure that in 3 years I will be committed to pursuing a PhD for a career in research. But recently, I have been looking into ocean engineering. Ocean engineering seems like the perfect field for me; the opportunity to pursue really interesting research, but still be able to have an interesting job in industry if a PhD isn't what I want. But it is not a field that I hear about a lot outside of research institutions. so my questions are: Are there many ocean engineering jobs out there? How competitive is the field? What kinds of jobs are there? Underwater vehicles and environments are what mainly interests me (ROVs, AUVs, Submarines, underwater habitats, etc.) but I don't imagine there are a lot of jobs in these? What about offshore structures? Also, what is the best way to get into this field? mechanical engineering? Mech then ocean eng grad school? is majoring in physics then doing a masters in ocean engineering at all practical? And to anyone with experience in the field, how interesting are the jobs? Is there a lot of field work or is it mainly behind a desk? Do you get to work on a lot of interesting projects?