Job Title: Aquarist II
Location: Sea World, Orlando, Florida
So what exactly IS this job?
Anyone who has ever owned a pet fish has already began their foray into the world of an Aquarist! An Aquarist is an expert on the upkeep of aquariums, big and small, and the marine life that calls the small slice of eco-system their home. Maintaining water filters, establishing correct feeding routines, decorating, and animal transportation– all of these are important in the life of a Aquarist. At Sea World Orlando, an Aquarist may find himself maintaining and getting to know little hermit crabs or a tank full of dolphins. Of course, at a theme park like Sea World, an Aquarist would also have ample chance to talk to park guests about the animals that they have dedicated their time to maintaining.
What about pay?
The average Aquarist is paid hourly, between $10-15 per hour. Positions such as Lead Aquarist can pay upwards of $23 per hour.
What is required to be eligible for this job?
This particular position at Sea World Orlando requires at least a High School Diploma, a SCUBA certification, and the ability to maintain yourself in very good physical condition. A degree in Marine Biology is a great way to get into the field, and although one is not required for this particular position, it may be required for further advancement in Aquarist or other Zoological careers.
What makes this one of the best jobs in the world?
For anyone who loves animals, this is a no-brainer. Your career is dedicated to getting to know, studying, learning about, and maintaining marine life. You get to spend a large amount of the day swimming with majestic creatures and less time stuck at a desk pining over your neighbor’s stapler. You’ll stay in great shape, continue to learn, and get to engage with people genuinly interested in what you do. Also, it is a great way to get your foot in the door on a career in Marine Biology.
Does this job have any downsides?
Unfortunately, the only real downside to a career in Zoology is the money. The average Aquarist will never make very much money, but it is heralded as one of the more rewarding careers.