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Thursday, June 1, 2023
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Fisheries Science : Job Prospects & Career Options

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Fishery Science offers numerous career avenues. Fisheries graduates can find employment in the public sector organizations such as the fisheries department and the nationalized banks. Opportunities lie in government agencies, State Departments of Agriculture and organisations such as the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). Recruitment to these institutions is through the State Public Service Commission. For those having good research skills, can find employment in organisations such as the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) and the National Fisheries Development Board as research assistant, biochemist, biologist, technicians, etc.

In the state government sector, a fisheries graduate can apply for the post of Assistant Fisheries Development Officer (AFDO)/ Fisheries Extension Officer (FEO) and District Fisheries Development Officer. Various opportunities in Central government agencies are in Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Fisheries survey of India (FSI), NIO, WHO etc. They can also be employed as a field banks officer, managers in agriculture loan section in nationalized as well as private banks. Job prospects are also available in private sector in aquaculture farms, hatcheries and processing plants. Commercial fish farming, seed production and export of marine products and ornamental dishes are potential areas of self employment and entrepreneurship development in fisheries.

M.F.Sc degree holders can be appointed as assistant professor in the faculty of fisheries and those with doctorate can be recruited as scientists in various agricultural and fisheries institutions. Recruitment to these positions are by the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) through a nation-wide competitive examination followed by a personal interview.

Private research companies in India and abroad are also entering into this field with large investments. Fisheries graduates are in great demand for fisheries professional in the aquaculture and processing sectors in gulf and African countries.

Fisheries Science : Remuneration

Remunerations in this field vary widely, depending on the area of specialization chosen. In the private sector one may start with an initial salary range of Rs 6,000-8,000 per month. But in the government sector's, the salary range may be different but it offer stability.

In this field, research positions are more lucrative but these are usually reserved for doctorate holders with experience.

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