Fishery Biologist by: Savannah Oakes

Specific tasks & duties:

- Work in basic fishery research conduct multiple studies to increase our our understanding of different types of fish.

- Biologists working in applied research generally study how to remedy fish habitat-related problems.

- Nearly all biologists work with teams of other professionals, but not all team members possess a biology background.

Salary range:


Current employment trends:

- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, wildlife biologists earned an average salary of $62,610 in May 2013. Although the BLS reported that employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists would grow 5% from 2012-2022.

Education required:

- Bachelor's or a Master's degree

Additional training:

- Internships and technician jobs for summer experience.

- Professional level biologist experience specific to fishery resource management or research activities.

Skills required:

- Fish biologists study how the environment and other outside forces affect fish life cycles. Some choose to specialize in population control, such as increasing the number of endangered species or decreasing the number of overpopulated species.

- Others study how fish respond to diseases in hopes of finding medicinal cures for humans. Work can vary depending on where the fishery biologists works.

Specific education:

-Training is a vital part of being a fishery biologist. School is only one part of the training, you have to have the hands-on experience. Summer Internships are a good way to get experience in the work field before actually graduating college.

- Universities: Alabama A&M, Auburn, Northern Arizona University, University of California, Colorado State, University of Florida, Louisiana State University

Personality qualities:

- Biologists need strong communication skills to effectively explain their projects to individuals of all backgrounds. This skill is also useful for holding business meetings with potential investors since a significant part of the job includes finding continual funding.

Physical activity:

Not a lot of physical activity is needed. You should be able to fish, walk/stand for long distances, withstand harsh sunlight, etc.

Number of work hours/days per week

The hours and days that the biologist works directly depends on what he/she is doing. The biologist could be at the fishery for only two hours a day taking data, but then could be in a lab doing research for another six.

Working conditions:

Most working conditions are not that great. Most fishery biologists work on ships or in marshes. It also depends on where the fishery is located and what type of funding it has.


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