Aquatic Biologist

Employees in this career measure the effects of water pollution on aquatic life. Aquatic biologists study the ecology of the freshwater and marine ecosystem. Their day-to-day duties include conducting field research, collecting samples, and making observations of plants and animals. 

Career Details

Aquatic biologists may also be referred to as fisheries biologists, ichthyologists, or marine biologists. People in this profession love working outdoors. And they specialize according to their interests, for example, some aquatic biologists study oceanic systems while others prefer to study systems such as rivers, lakes, or streams. 

Aquatic biologists develop and implement systems that help protect aquatic systems. These individuals can also help influence policies and laws that benefit important aquatic systems

Skills required for this career:
  • Strong team skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills 
  • Critical thinking skills
Study options:
  • B.Sc. Chemistry
  • B.Sc. Biological Sciences
  • B.Sc. Marine Biology
  • Consulting firms
  • Universities
  • Municipalities 
  • Museums 
  • Various water boards
  • Departments of Environmental Affairs and Tourism