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Freshwater biology

Careers in freshwater biology

As a freshwater biologist you study the origin, structure, functions and behaviour of all forms of life in freshwater, and their interactions with the environment. This includes the study of lakes, rivers and ponds and covers microbial, plant and animal life.

You may find work opportunities in both the public and private sectors, in areas such as water conservation, freshwater biology and ecology, freshwater environmental assessment, fisheries assessment, tourism, education, aquaculture, freshwater management and estuaries assessment and management.

You can look for roles such as freshwater biologist, environmental manager, research scientist, laboratory assistant, river tour guide, freshwater education officer, fish farmer, environmental consultant, water quality officer and waterways manager.

A higher research qualification will help your career progression in field or laboratory research roles and in scientific writing.

Find out where a degree in freshwater biology can take you.


Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in freshwater biology:

  • Technical laboratory skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and analytical proficiency
  • Investigation and research techniques
  • Teamwork skills
  • Project management skills


Related roles include:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Inspection officer
  • Scientific consultant (Government or private industry)
  • Research assistant
  • Microbiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Biochemist
  • Ecological modeller
  • Environmental ecologist
  • Biophysicist
  • Urban and Regional planner
  • Conservation officer
  • Zoologist
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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for biologists at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

Professional associations are an invaluable connection to industry information, networking and professional development opportunities. Most offer student membership discounts. Follow the link to search for professional associations related to your course.

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