Fisheries science is among the prominent career options in India. Various colleges in India impart quality education through courses at different degree levels, in the field of fishery science.

Careers in Fisheries

Fishery science is a branch of science that deals with the study of environmental science, ecosystem, oceanography, economics and management of fishery. Fishery science comprises of detailed study of ecological factors that can affect availability of fishes and impact of fishing on the biological balance. Considering the vast coast line of India, the country is sooner becoming a hub of fishery science education. With globalization and popularity of sea food in abroad, a career in this field has become quiet lucrative. Trained personnel of this field can contribute in generating lot of revenue for the government. A scholar of fishery science can work in the field of fish genetics and biotechnology. Dedication, commitment and thorough study of the subject is necessary in order to become proficient professional fishery scientist.

Course Details
Several programs are available at undergraduate as well as at post-graduate levels. One can opt for a degree or diploma program in fishery science. Minimum qualification for a degree program at Bachelorís level is a pass in 10+2 examination from a recognized Board with physics, chemistry and biology as subjects of study. For post graduate degree/diploma program, one has to hold either a bachelorís degree in fisheries or Zoology. Ph. D program is also conducted by few institutes in this field.

Career Prospects
After pursuing course in the field of fishery science, one can work as farm manager, hatchery manager, processing of stock & post harvest manager or fisheries inspector. The scholars of fishery science can be employed in industries based on fishing or can work in aquaculture technology. They can also opt for research and teaching jobs in this field. The aspirants can work as marine-fisheries interviewers, environmental project manager, information technology specialist, eco-toxicologist or aquatic ecologist.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Fishery science is emerging as one of the most lucrative career options among the young scholars. Education in this field is imparted all over India through various institutes. Some of the renowned institutions are The Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), (Mumbai) Ė it possess its branches in other cities like Kolkata, Rohtak and Kakkinada, College of Fisheries, (Kerala), Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, (Kerala), Cochin University of Science and Technology (Kochi), Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Kochi) and School of Applied Life Sciences (Kerala).

One can earn a decent amount of salary in the field of fishery science. A beginner can expect a salary between Rs. 10000-Rs15000 per month. Remuneration depends on the designation and skills of the aspirants. With experience and higher qualification, one can earn more.

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