Fisheries Science

Are you curious by nature? Do you want make new discoveries and expand our knowledge? If most of the following statements apply to you, you might be ready for a job in fisheries science.

  • I want to study the ocean and the creatures that live there. I want to improve our understanding of fisheries and oceans so we can live in harmony with nature.
  • I want to understand how pollution, overfishing, and environmental changes affect our sea resources.
  • I’d like to have a job that provides the best information possible about fish stocks so fishery managers and decision-makers can ensure that there are plenty of fish for future generations.

People working in fisheries science explore a variety of subjects, from counting fish and studying life cycles, to investigating what affects oceans and streams. Work may involve boating, fishing, computers, SCUBA diving, working in a lab, managing others, teaching, and travelling. Government agencies, First Nations and tribal councils, and private companies (like environmental consulting firms) hire workers in fisheries and oceans science. Some scientists work in universities and colleges where they do research and teach students. Others make a career out of researching alone. Ongoing education is important in fisheries science if you want to advance beyond the technician level.

Research assistants are often university students working towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Fisheries technicians usually have a bachelor’s degree in marine science or a technical diploma in a related field.

Research and fisheries biologists usually have a bachelor’s degree in marine biology or ecology.

Research scientists usually have a master’s or doctoral degree from a university with a specialty in biology, oceanography, or zoology.

Research assistants are often students who earn between $7,000 and $10,000 working seasonally. They may also get free room and board.

Fisheries technicians earn between $33,000 and $60,000 per year.

Research biologists working for the government or institutions earn between $46,000 and $85,000.

Fisheries biologists working for our tribal council earn between $56,000 and $67,000 per year.

Research scientists earn between $53,000 and $115,000 per year.

Sample Employers

  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • B.C. Ministry of the Environment
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
  • First Nations
  • Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Universities and colleges
  • Aquariums

Sample Jobs

  • Research Assistant
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Research Biologist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Research Scientist

Did You Know

Haahuup?u is the Nuu-chah-nulth word for “learned teachings.”