Fisheries Biologist Collects Sample

Aquarists work for aquariums, oceanariums, and marine research institutes. They maintain aquatic exhibits. Among other duties, they feed the fish, check water quality, clean the tanks, and collect and transport new specimens.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Maintain aquatic exhibits by feeding fish and other animals, checking water quality, cleaning tanks, and performing other duties
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas where many zoos and public aquariums are located
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internships; volunteering
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Curator
  • Senior Aquarist
  • Aquarist
  • Intern/Volunteer