Aquarium Curator

Occupation Information table
Overview: Aquarium curators decide what fish species to stock in an aquarium and the kinds of nutrition and water conditions needed by the fish. They are responsible for the health of the fish and the kinds glass tanks needed for public viewing of aquatic animals by visitors and scientists.
Duties: They decide what types of fish, plant life and other aquatic animals to stock in a public aquarium based on human interest and the ability to care for the fish and animals.

They perform biological diagnostic studies of the bacterial condition of the water in fish tanks and the use of antibiotics and quarantine procedures to use in the case of diseased animals.

They decide upon the daily basic nutritional and dietary requirements for each fish species and animals in the aquarium. They plan and monitor the feeding of the fish by attendants.

They design surveys to collect opinions from visitors about how to make improvements in the viewing conditions of fish and animals kept in the aquarium.

Degree(s): A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $31,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in aquatic biology with courses in fishery genetics, nutrition, health and ecology of marine wildlife is the ideal preparation for this occupation. A master's degree will greatly enhance your promotion opportunities. A 2-year associate degree in biology can qualify you for entry positions as an assistant aquarist.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.