An ichthyologist is a zoologist specializing in the study of fish. Ichthyology or fish research offers a very rewarding lifestyle and most people involved in this field love their work.
The daily routine of the ichthyologist is very varied, involving field study, laboratory work, reading research literature, writing up research results and lecturing. Researchers usually work fairly independently, setting their own goals, and the personal reward of making new discoveries about fish and their role in the environment is immense.
Most ichthyological work is physically demanding and involves the collection of fish. In certain fields, such as taxonomy and fisheries sciences, the amount of time spent in the field is relatively small and the work is usually performed in a team with others. This makes it possible for disabled persons to enter these fields of work and make a contribution.
Within the field of ichthyology there are a number of focus areas:
Schooling & School Subjects
Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences (Biology)
National Senior Certificate meeting the minimum requirements for a degree course. Note that each institution has its own entry requirements.
Degree: BSc majoring in Zoology, all universities.
Postgraduate study: Honours degree in Ichthyology, Fisheries Science or Aquaculture - Rhodes
Further study: MSc or PhD is required to secure research positions. However, many honours and masters graduates use their qualifications to enter aquaculture and fishing industries.
The Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science
P O Box 94
Tel: (046) 603-8415/6
SA Association for Marine Biological Research
1 King Shaka Avenue
Tel: (031) 328-8222