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Job Title: Aquarist at an Aquarium

Description: Taking care of animals in an aquarium setting, including identifying and treating disease, injury, and illness. This job also includes diving to clean exhibits and requires some animal training. Aquarists also work with United States Fish and Wildlife (USFW) to provide housing to animals that are confiscated.

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: Customer service skills, Good hand-eye coordination, Independent worker, Mechanically inclined, Quick thinker, Record maintenance, Scientific thinker, Thinks outside the box, Time management skills, Works under pressure

Market Sector: Industry, Museum/Zoo/Aquarium, University/Education

Relative Salary:  $$

  • We did not collect actual income range information in our survey. Instead we chose to express income range with a number of dollar signs, expressing relative salaries. A single $ is relatively low salary compared to the average, $$ - $$$ is average, and $$$$$ is much higher than average income.

    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.