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Employment Trends

Number of nonfarm animal caretakers employed in 2006: 157,000

Projected Number of nonfarm animal caretakers that will be employed in 2016: 183,690

The numbers of positions for nonfarm animal caretakers is expected to increase by 17% between 2006 and 2016.


Who Hires Aquarists

  • Public Aquariums and Zoos
  • Theme Parks with an ocean emphasis
  • Education Centers that have aquaria
  • Ornamental Fish Trade
  • Marine Research Labs
  • Pet/Aquarium Stores
  • Aquaculture Businesses
  • Toxicology Labs
  • State and Federal Natural Resource Agencies
  • Self Employment
  • Restaurants and other businesses that have aquariums

*Some careers have been clustered with closely related occupations for some statistics.

**Employment projections are derived from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Projections and Training Data, 2006-07 Edition



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