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Old 07-06-2012, 03:18 PM   #21
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I am just going to add in here that if you want to actually make real money, don't get a fish job. Like MrPillow said, it's very hard to make ends meat, especially with government cut backs. I have had a couple jobs dealing with wild fish, but they were seasonal and all of those programs are currently being cut back. There are not many aquariums out there, and the job market there is highly competitive (just like any zoo job). Just to give you an idea, for the entire fish population of the entire Columbia and Snake Rivers, there are about 5 fish biologists employed full time.
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It highly depends on what an individual is satisfied with and the economy of where they reside. You won't get rich in the industry, but I don't need to be rich to be happy either. That being said, providing a niche could bring wealth if planned correctly (maint. service can reach upwards of $100k). Of course, there are also trade-offs such as:
Working in a zoological or public aquarium offers ability to work with animals the public is not allowed or cannot afford to. Working in the science-based end involving computers can net higher values, but often little animal care. Then theres those that make next to nothing in the field, but being involved in raw nature is worth their trade-off. Most stores aren't going to turn massive profit without a maint. contract or provide a specialized niche.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #23
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I do tank maintenance for 43 people, including businesses make roughly 65k a year just doing that. Best job ever in my opinion haha. I love what I do.
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I do tank maintenance for 43 people, including businesses make roughly 65k a year just doing that. Best job ever in my opinion haha. I love what I do.
This is something I'd love to do. I thoroughly enjoy maintaining my own tanks, so all I've got to do is find some rich people to sucker in! Lol!
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #25
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This is something I'd love to do. I thoroughly enjoy maintaining my own tanks, so all I've got to do is find some rich people to sucker in! Lol!
I started by working at Petco. Everyone I sold a tank too, I'd hand them my business card. Worked out pretty well, but you do have to find some rich people. All my clients are millionaires with too much money to know what to do with. All they want is someone they can trust & knows what there doing. All of them pretty much know nothing about fish at all it just relaxes them.
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There is an aquatic science, zoology, oceanography, etc programs with BS, MS , and PhD options in my area. There is a great number of unemployed people coming out of those program since employment opportunities is rare and pay is usually low-moderate.

The other side of this hobby is business related and has the potential to earn good money. Get a degree in accounting if possible. Accountants understands how a company works, so that is your best bet in operating your own business. It also has a fallback option - CPA then you can practically work anywhere and do many things after getting accounting experience.
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I do tank maintenance for 43 people, including businesses make roughly 65k a year just doing that. Best job ever in my opinion haha. I love what I do.
Me to! But not 43 ... Just three so far

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I couldn't own a store. I'd be entirely too honest with customers resulting in no profit!
That's the reason I don't work at the fish department at petsmart lol! I would love to educate people, but I'm sure I'd be fired for saying 'no' to too many people.
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