Whether you’re exploring the health benefits of salmon, bonding over bass fishing on a trip with your family, or simply enjoying a hot tilapia filet, somewhere down the line an aquacultural manager probably had a hand in getting the fish to your table or even your boat. Aquacultural Managers raise fish and shellfish, which can include tasks like stocking a lake full of prize catches for a fishing competition, culturing clams with pearls for jewelers, or managing a fish farm. Most aquacultural managers have a bachelor’s degree in fishery science or a related biology, which supports their ability to train fish hatchery workers. As the aquacultural lifeform grows, reproduces, and is eventually released or harvested, these managers oversee the process, collect data, and evaluate health indicators for the stock. The job requires a lot of time outdoors with tanks or incubators. However, it’s not all scientific method for these professionals; they also have to use their administrative knowledge to develop and manage their budgets. And, they monitor regulations and safety standards, since using the wrong chemicals could endanger other workers or spoil the fish.
What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of aquacultural workers.
On the job, you would:
Observe fish and beds or ponds to detect diseases, monitor fish growth, determine quality of fish, or determine completeness of harvesting.
Record the numbers and types of fish or shellfish reared, harvested, released, sold, and shipped.
Assign to workers duties such as fertilizing and incubating spawn, feeding and transferring fish, and planting, cultivating, and harvesting shellfish beds.
Math and Science
human resources (HR)
Arts and Humanities
Engineering and Technology
product and service development
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
order or arrange things
add, subtract, multiply, or divide
choose the right type of math to solve a problem
see hidden patterns
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
Word processing software
bachelor's degree or master's degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.