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Fisheries Research Scientist

Gather scientific information on how fish live and function.

What does a Fisheries Research Scientist do?

Fisheries Research Scientists are specialized Biologists who study fish and fish habitats. You can work for a university, the government, or a research institute, examining fish in the wild and testing your hypotheses in the lab. Typical duties include collecting soil, water, and specimen samples; conducting tests and analyzing the results; and writing reports, articles, and grants.

If your favorite Disney movie as a kid featured sea creatures, and if as an adult you’re still fascinated by what’s really going on “under da sea,” a job as a Fisheries Research Scientist is worth serious consideration. Patience and passion are big-time virtues in this profession because, normally, you need to specialize in a specific breed of fish or a specific habitat.

If you focus on one particular fish, you’ll study its environment, mating habits, feeding activities, and population numbers. It can take hours a day over a time period of several years to truly understand the fish’s lifecycle. Once you put in the time, however, you’ll have a rich journal of fish activities, and you’ll be able to give people new insights on how the animal acts underwater.

Other Fisheries Research Scientists explore fish ecosystems, particularly the negative impacts of pollution. If you choose this route, you’ll concentrate your studies on a certain lake, river, or other aquatic environment, and study all the fish and plants that live there. Once you’ve determined the animals’ normal routine, you can determine what environmental factors might irreparably damage the habitat, and how to limit fishing in the area to prevent population decline.