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Job Title: Aquaponics Farmer

Description: Aquaponics is a combined fish farming and crop farming system, in which the plants are grown on top of a moving water system used to farm fish. Aquaponics farmers monitor fish environments to ensure healthy conditions, conduct and supervise examinations of fish to identify disease or parasites, and oversee the dietary and environmetal requirements of each breed. They also oversee crop production, identify pests, and work to ensure a quality crop yield. They may be responsible for some marketing and budgeting tasks depending on the size of the operation.

Degree Required: BS

  • Bachelor of Science Degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years. Variations of a BS include a BT, referring to a Bachelor's of Technology, or a BA, a Bachelor of Arts degree. These different terms are often used for different areas of study or may be specific to colleges.

Skills Required: Farm animal care, Independent worker, Learns on the job, Mechanically inclined, Managing financial resources, Managing material resources, Oral communication skills, Record maintenance, Scientific thinker, Thinks outside the box, Time management skills, Teaching skills, Written communication skills

Market Sector: Farm/Ranch, Industry, Self-Employed, Small Business

Relative Salary:  $$$

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    Since each person surveyed may have a different viewpoint as to what constitutes an average salary, and since salary is often commensurate with years of experience, the number of dollar signs should not be regarded as an absolute, but only as an indicator.