Education programs in aquaculture can lead to many different career paths ranging from farming to scientific research. Continue reading for an summary of the educational requirements as well as career and salary info for some career options for graduates.
Aquaculture involves the farming of fish, crustaceans, and aquatic plants for recreation or consumption. Associate through doctoral degree programs related to aquaculture can be found at many colleges and universities. Undergraduate programs cover topics in fish spawning, hatchery maintenance, aquatic plants, fish diseases, aquatic ecosystems, fish nutrition and water quality monitoring. Students in master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in aquaculture and fisheries can select concentrations that fit with their research or career interests, such as fish nutrition, water quality, aquaculture engineering, fish genetics, hatchery production and fish pathology.