What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences?

Will a graduate degree from SAFS help me get a job as a marine biologist? How about a job teaching aquatic sciences? What if I want to work in wildlife conservation? Will I learn what I need to know to start my own aquaculture business? We know how important the answers to these questions are in helping you to decide whether to pursue an advanced degree here.

Based on placement data from our graduates over the last decade, we can tell you that an advanced degree from SAFS can open the door to diverse fields, including resource management and conservation, education, and aquatic science positions in the private sector. Whether you want to conduct research on aquatic animals, environments and issues; teach aquatic sciences in schools or to the public; or work with wild capture fisheries or aquaculture enterprises, a master’s or PhD in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences can help prepare you for your chosen career.

SAFS Post-Graduate Employment Placement

Most of our MS graduates have taken jobs in the business sector (particularly in environmental consulting and aquaculture), in federal and state resource management agencies, and in university research programs. Others choose to continue their education by enrolling in a PhD and other programs; others work in various agencies, mainly at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Over half of our PhD graduates have pursued careers in science and resource management in the Pacific Northwest through government organizations and in the business sector. Many of them become tenure-track faculty in universities across the USA and elsewhere.

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