Aquaculture Professor

Teach university students about aquaculture.
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$29,000 – $107,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Aquaculture Professors do?

Aquaculture is the practice of catching, breeding, and releasing or processing aquatic animals. It is a booming business in today’s economy because aquaculture products are in very high demand, just like agricultural products such as crops.

Aquaculture Professors teach the classes that educate students on this practice. They work at the college level, designing and delivering lectures on topics such as aquatic biology, facility management, fisheries, marine resource management, and research processes. An Aquaculture Professor’s students are striving to complete a degree in aquaculture, and obtain a job in the industry. Common jobs include Aquaculture Technician, Aquaculture Biologist, or Aquaculture Facility Manager.

To help your students achieve these goals, you carefully outline coursework, choose lecture material, present information, facilitate discussions, and answer questions. To measure your students’ knowledge and understanding, you assign homework, quizzes, exams, research papers, and group projects. Once they’ve completed these assignments, you review their work, offer critiques, and record grades.

When you’re not in the classroom, you meet with students who wish to consult you during regularly scheduled office hours. You also respond to phone and email questions, and do research of your own. Since you have an extensive background in the field, your research adds to the database of knowledge about aquaculture, and benefits the university you work for when you get your research results published. All of these tasks require acute written and verbal communication skills, a passion for your subject and an awareness of the work of your fellow Aquaculture Professors, and a desire to pass your knowledge on to others.

Should I be an Aquaculture Professor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • How to become an Aquaculture Professor

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