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Be Ready for a Dynamic Career in Aquaculture

A Biological Sciences-Aquaculture degree from Florida Tech provides you with the background necessary to be hired for any variety of aquaculture jobs.

Because aquaculture is a growing industry, graduates in aquaculture can expect to obtain entry-level employment after graduation with private firms, government agencies, research laboratories, commercial food and ornamental fish companies, or public institutions such as museums, aquariums and zoos. With a solid foundation in biology and agriculture technology, you can also choose a career in research, or teaching, or pursue a graduate degree program.

Specialized? Sure, but Florida Tech grads have a strong background in biology based on such courses as culture techniques of salt and freshwater algae, crustaceans, finfish and mollusks. This background is necessary to effectively compete for aquaculture jobs.

Florida Tech graduates are ready to pursue aquaculture jobs immediately after graduation or pursue a master's or doctoral degree not only at Florida Tech, but also at such institutions as:

  • University of Florida
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Miami
  • University of Texas
  • University of South Florida

Biological Sciences graduates from Florida Tech work with such organizations as:

  • Federal (e.g., EPA, USDA), state and local agencies
  • Commercial food and ornamental aquaculture production facilities
  • Perry Institute for Marine Science
  • Sea World Florida
  • American Museum of Natural Science
  • Zoos & Theme Parks
  • Research Laboratories

The Outlook for Aquaculture Jobs is Strong!

So, what types of aquaculture jobs exist for Florida Tech grads? The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), contains information such as median pay, employment growth and working conditions about hundreds of jobs. The handbook lists aquaculture jobs and similar occupations that include:

  • Agricultural Manager
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technician
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Biological Scientist
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologist

Entry-level salaries for students with degrees in biological sciences are reported by PayScale.com to be $39,100, with further earning potential to grow to $84,900. PayScale.com is an online salary information company that provides accurate real-time information on job market compensation.
Other careers in aquaculture also provide good salary potential such as:

Agricultural and food scientist: $44,000 - $81,100
Environmental scientist: $47,900 – $89,700
Zoology: $36,500 – $69,700
Microbiology: $39,700 - $76,200

Aquaculture jobs may be unique in the marketplace, but are just as important as well-known careers available to those with a degree in Biological Sciences. Perhaps a degree in aquaculture from Florida Tech is right for you.