Aquaculturist

Salary/Compensation

In the Philippines, an aquaculturist’s entry level salary ranges from P15,000 - P20,000 per month and may even go up to P25,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas such as in the U.S. & Canada, the annual average salary for an Aquaculturist is $35,000 or $2,917 per month.

Basic Educational Requirement

To be an Aquaculturist, one must have a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture or Aquacultural Management. Afterwards, he/she then specializes in an area of study through experience or a master's degree.

Cost of Education *

An aquaculturist’s course may range approximately from P18,000 - P25,000 per semester in private technical schools and about P7,000 to P10,000 in public institutions.

Employment Opportunities

An aquaculturist can be employed in a research and development company, food manufacturing industry, in the academe, agricultural manager, in the government and private sector and NGOs which deals with the marine activity. An aquaculturist can find work with commercial and private fish farms owned by corporations, states, or individuals.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Aquaculturist’s opportunity for advancement depends on the trainings and further studies he/she has completed. An Aquaculturist can be a head of a research and development team, or be in a university as a professor, or can put up a farm or ranch dedicated to marine life. In fish farming, the professional typically enters as a fish biologist or other fish scientist and advances to some kind of manager or supervisor position.

Nature of Work

An Aquaculturist produces fish and other water-related products in a controlled environment for sale in consumer markets and for stocking lakes, ponds, streams, and oceans.

Tasks

  • Breeds, grows and harvests fish;
  • Maintains fish hatcheries for research purposes;
  • Develops and carries out methods for the rearing of fish in hatcheries;
  • Maintains equipment such as the machinery that circulates, aerates and regulates the water temperature;
  • May clean ponds and tanks using brushes, chemicals and water; and
  • Repair screens, retaining walls and fences, and remove debris from water.

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to adapt to change;
  • Manual dexterity;
  • Work independently;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Goal oriented;
  • Works under pressure;
  • Good judgment; and
  • Good with animals.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Physically fit;
  • Should have interest in fish and in the marine world;
  • Interest in science particularly biology;
  • Dedicated to work;
  • Service oriented; and
  • Good interpersonal relations.

* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.