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Fisheries Sciences

405 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
53 Master's Degrees Annually
#217 in Popularity
$50,790 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Fisheries Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many fisheries sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 405
Associate’s Degree 78
Master’s Degree 53
Basic Certificate 31
Graduate Certificate 29
Doctor’s Degree 19
Undergraduate Certificate 5

What Fisheries Sciences Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to fisheries and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Fisheries Majors

Fisheries majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Fisheries Majors

fisheries majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Fisheries Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a fisheries student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Fisheries Sciences Major?

People with a fisheries degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers 2.1% $46,960
Fish and Game Wardens 4.3% $57,710

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries Sciences?

405 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
44% Percent Women
14% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 405 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fisheries sciences in 2019, making it rank #217 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 56% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of fisheries majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fisheries Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 26
White 333
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 25

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Fisheries. About 1.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Japan
  • China
  • Ghana
  • Colombia
  • Mexico

How Much Do Fisheries Sciences Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fisheries have a median salary of $25,000 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $24,800 (25th percentile) and $26,700 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to fisheries.

Salaries According to BLS

Fisheries majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $50,790 to $59,260 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with fisheries require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for fisheries careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 20.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 21.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 3.7%
Some College Courses 2.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 44.5%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.2%
Master’s Degree 1.5%

Online Fisheries Sciences Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 schools offered some type of fisheries sciences program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 1
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 4 1
Master’s Degree 10 2
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Fisheries Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a fisheries grad is $50,790 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 27% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $217,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to fisheries.

Major Number of Grads
Natural Resources Conservation 21,552
Natural Resource Management 2,842
Wildlife Management 2,400
Forestry 2,339
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 151

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