Fishery Biologist

An outdoor career:

What does a Fishery Biologist do?

In this career, the person studies fish, protects and observes fish habitats, checks the fish health, and helps make fishing and hunting regulations and laws. A Fishery Biologist also has to write down data on fish and use special nets or other tools to count the fish population. There are some office positions in this career but mostly outdoor positions in lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.

What education and experience is needed?

A bachelor degree is needed for this career. If you get a masters or doctoral degree you can achieve higher positions. You need to have studied Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science.

what branch of science does most of this career fall under and why?

This career falls under life science because Fishery Biologists are working to help and protect the fish's habitat and health.

Why did you choose this career?

I choose a Fishery Biologist because I have a river behind my house and I love to catch and study the fish that are in that river. Their are also not many outdoor careers to choose from and I don't want to work inside all day. I think it would be fun to work in the different lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

What did you find interesting about this career?

I found that Fishery Biologists get to catch fish to study them. They can catch the fish with nets or go electrofishing. Electrofishing is where they pass an electric shock that temporarily stuns the fish so biologists can study them.

Fishery Biologist Catfish sampling video

Catfish Sampling on the Ohio River

Being a Fishery Biologist is an exciting outdoor career!