Do you own a fresh or saltwater aquarium, or want to own one? Do you spend hours at the large commercial aquarium in your city or town? Are you a scuba diver, and love to spend hours floating underwater among the incredible aquatic flora and fauna?
If so, you might find an aquarium career just the ticket for future job satisfaction, or even a small business venture of your own. The tropical fish and aquarium industry is growing in the US, and is expected to keep growing well into the twenty-first century as consumers look to surround themselves with the beauty and tranquility of tropical marine life.
Many people can’t envision a possibility of working in an aquarium business or career, but there are more opportunities than you might think. Some of the options include working as an aquarist, or a keeper at a commercial aquarium, or as an animal curator. If you’re interested in owning your own business, you could start an aquarium shop, or a tropical fish and aquarium rental business, or even raise and sell live coral to aquarium owners locally, or online.
A love of aquatic life can lead to a rewarding new career or business
Most people find aquariums fascinating to look at, these self-contained, mini-ecosystems full of colorful and exotic life. They are a window into another world, and a reminder that seventy percent of our planet is covered by oceans, and more plants and animals live beneath the wave than above them.
This explains the growing number of consumers who own fresh and saltwater aquariums. There are also a growing number of businesses with aquariums - from banks, to restaurants, to doctor’s offices and even casinos. And the large commercial aquariums are growning in number as well, as people in urban areas seek the escape of viewing large tropical fish in a tranquil, zoo-like setting.
Along with this growth comes the demand for specialized workers to set up and maintain these private and commercial fish tanks. As anyone who’s owned tropical fish knows, there’s a lot of time and effort involved in keeping these amazing creatures alive and healthy in captivity. From maintaining the proper water salinity and temperature, to removing chlorine and other contaminants, proving the proper lighting, exercising population control, to feeding on the proper schedule, there are many tasks involved in the upkeep of a modern tropical fish environment.
The types of careers available in this industry
If you’ve decided that you’re interested in a career or business working with tropical fish and aquariums, then there are a number of options available to you. Some require a college degree in order to secure an entry-level position, while others do not. Here are a few of the choices available:
These are just a few of the options avaiable in this growing industry. If you truly love marine life, and you want a job or career where you're surrounded by these magnificant creatures on a daily basis, "think outside the tank" and get the education and training necessary to succeed in this animal career field.
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