Statistics from the 2007-2012 graduates provide a clear picture of where ORE students are coming from and where they are heading after graduation. Approximately 20% of our students were recruited from Hawai‘i (those who went through high school or undergraduate education in Hawaii), 40% from other parts of the U.S., and 40% from foreign countries. Of the 2007-2012 ORE graduates, 35% found work in Hawaii, 34% found work outside of Hawaii, 25% continued studies in Hawaii, and 6% continued studies outside of Hawaii. Nearly all graduates obtained employment or continued their studies in ocean and resources engineering (or related fields).

Career opportunities for graduates in ocean and resources engineering exist in several areas. Approximately 45% of the 2007-2012 graduates found work in private industry including oil companies, consulting and environmental service firms, classification societies, and construction firms in the U.S. About 10 % of them joined, or continued their employment with, federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy; 10% found work with state agencies. Another 25% entered Ph.D. programs or received post-doctoral positions at U.S. universities. The 10% of graduates who went abroad continue to study, or work for government agencies and in academia.