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.

Quick Facts
Duties Maintain aquatic exhibits by feeding fish and other animals, checking water quality, cleaning tanks, and performing other duties
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
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
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internships; volunteering
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Curator
  • Senior Aquarist
  • Aquarist
  • Intern/Volunteer

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