Aquaculture education can prepare you for a career in a marine or freshwater fishery, conservation and wetlands habitat management or fish crop production sciences. Chances are, your local college or university will offer degrees in aquaculture, or at least some relevant coursework to get you started. If not, however, there are plenty of other resources available to jump-start your aquaculture training.
When considering various methods of training in aquaculture, think about your current or desired field and what areas in which you should concentrate your studies.
1. Interview professionals and counselors to find the most applicable aquaculture education programs for your chosen career path.
2. Complete aquaculture training programs for agriculture and animal sciences professionals, offered by national or state organizations.
3. Advance your aquaculture education online with distance learning from colleges and continuing education agencies.
Seek undergraduate or advanced aquaculture education and training with a variety of concentrationsYou can earn degrees in aquaculture from leading colleges and universities all over the United States, but there are many different options available, depending on your primary interests. Many aquaculture degrees are concentration options within a larger agriculture degree, while others will require a biology department or conservation affiliation. While you're looking, ask college counselors and professionals in the industry which options will best suit your chosen career field.
Virginia Tech Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences or the Colorado State University Warner College of Natural Resources, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department.
Attend professional training for aquaculture through research and extension programs in your stateU.S. government and state government agencies offer aquaculture education, training and seminars on a variety of topics depending on the prevalent fishery interests in your area.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Service or the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, through which you can earn a fish habitat specialization. Explore opportunities through ALEARN, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures professional aquaculture education partnership.
Find an aquaculture online school to set a flexible learning scheduleYou can access lots of college aquaculture education online, but you may not know that there are plenty of very specific fisheries continuing education courses that are absolutely free. For more interactive courses with reference materials you can keep and use a while, you'll need to go for the professional continuing education or college credit courses online. Be sure you ask about materials and support before you sign up for a course.
- Some aquaculture graduate programs or undergraduate offerings don't specifically offer an aquaculture degree program, but often offer an "alternative" agricultural production education that includes aquatics, ratites, ovine and caprine production. Speak with college admissions counselors to find out where your primary interests lie, and find a program with classes you can apply to your career in aquaculture.