Aquaculture and Fish Farming Career

If you work in the Animal Careers subsector of Aquaculture and/or Fish Farming, you likely attend to live aquacultural animals that generally include finfish and shellfish.  Interestingly, it is a large part of an existing food industry.  It also includes hatcheries which provide bait and game for both sport and commercial fishermen as well as fish for those lovely koi ponds.


  • Feed, weigh, catch aquaculture animals.
  • Maintain records on fisheries.
  • Examine species to detect diseases and injuries.
  • Assist in reproduction and population dynamics.
  • Collect eggs in hatchery.
  • Develop conservation plans and make recommendations on marine conservation and management issues to policymakers and the general public.
  • Package aquaculture and fish farming products for shipment or further processing.
  • Clean equipment and/or facilities
  • Maintain aquaculture and fish farming equipment.


Median Wage:  approximately $28,000 annually.

Job opportunities are less likely in the future with an overall decline of -1% expected in this occupation 2019-2029.


For more information


State Aquaculture Associations

(Not all states have existing or active associations.)



Academic Programs

To find an institution of higher education that offers a program relative to your career aspirations in Aquaculture and Fish Farming, the easiest place to start for most people is to perform a simple search by area of interest.  Overall, there are associate, bachelor, and advanced degree programs in public and private postsecondary colleges and universities across the country in the following areas:

  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Marine Resources Management
  • Aquaculture

Use the link provided below and the ‘Browse for Program’ button to search by program area:

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