Aquaculture Research Scientist Jobs
The aquaculture field is constantly changing and growing with consumer demand, therefore the need for aquaculture scientists is extremely important. The aquaculture scientist position has several different titles, based on the company and location. Aquaculture nutritionist, research scientist, water scientist, fish scientist and marine scientist are just a sample of this range.
Primarily, an aquaculture scientist is involved with developing techniques and determining impacts of a wide range of activities dealing with the biological impacts of aquatic species.
Many aquaculture scientists are chartered by their companies to increase fish stock system sustainability and overall production efficiency. Some may be involved with genetic research, to produce aquatic species to better withstand disease or harsh living conditions. Or others may be involved with the supplier side of the industry, with activities focused on improving fish feed options as alternatives to standard fishmeal based on natural sources.
Other scientist responsibilities vary greatly, depending on the specific segment of the aquaculture industry an individual works with. Involvement in the biology of various aquatic species is common in combination with analytical activities in lab settings. Determining proper protocol for procedures at aquatic species production facilities, optimizing feed procedures and samples and analyzing environmental impacts of these facilities are routine scientist responsibilities.
Most scientist positions require an individual with an accredited bachelor’s degree in the aquaculture, agriculture or general biological fields.
A combination of this schooling and relevant experience is always approved favorably by employers. An extensive knowledge of the chemical properties of water and water systems is generally preferred.
A beginning aquaculture scientist should expect an annual salary in the neighborhood of US$55,000 with figures reaching close to US$100,000 can be attained as the scientist gains experience and additional responsibilities.
While lab work is basic to the scientist role, much of the experimental activities may take place in the field, depending on the species, company, and location. An individual must be comfortable working in natural conditions while diagnosing critical issues to specific aquatic species and recommending solutions to individuals involved in the day-to-day operations of fish farms and other aquaculture facilities.
The aquaculture scientist must be able to work independently on significant projects and delivering results to a varying audience, both locally and internationally. But the individual must also be able to work with or lead a team of fellow scientists to achieve project requirements. The aquaculture scientist must be able to think about new products and procedures that can be applied both within individual fish farms and collectively across the industry. The individual must also be comfortable meeting with and collaborating with a broad range of scientists in the aquaculture industry.