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Career and Education Opportunities for Aquaculture Directors in Fort Collins, Colorado

If you want to be an aquaculture director, the Fort Collins, Colorado area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. The national trend for aquaculture directors sees this job pool growing by about 5.9% over the next eight years. Aquaculture directors generally direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.

A person working as an aquaculture director can expect to earn about $36 hourly or $76,510 per year on average in Colorado and about $27 per hour or $56,230 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for aquaculture directors are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Energy and Green in Colorado and not quite as good as general Energy and Green category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: farm operations technical director, production manager, and aquaculture program director.

The Fort Collins area is home to eleven schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Fort Collins where you can get a degree as an aquaculture director. Given that the most common education level for aquaculture directors is a Bachelor's degree, you can expect to spend about four years studying to be an aquaculture director if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Aquaculture Director

Aquaculture Director video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, aquaculture directors direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.

Aquaculture directors monitor environments to insure maintenance of optimum conditions for aquatic life. They also decide on and execute policies relating to operations administration and standards, and facility maintenance. Equally important, aquaculture directors have to conduct and supervise stock examinations in order to pinpoint diseases or parasites. They are often called upon to talk with biologists and other fishery personnel to obtain data concerning fish habits and environmental requirements. They are expected to direct and monitor the transfer of mature fish to lakes or commercial tanks. Finally, aquaculture directors grow fish and shellfish as cash crops or for release into freshwater or saltwater.

Every day, aquaculture directors are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for aquaculture directors to layout and construct pens, floating stations, and collector strings or fences for sea farms. They are often called upon to ready reports required by state and federal laws. Somewhat less frequently, aquaculture directors are also expected to devise and participate in efforts to further optimize fish hatching and growth rates, and to inhibit disease in hatcheries.

Aquaculture directors sometimes are asked to grow fish and shellfish as cash crops or for release into freshwater or saltwater. They also have to be able to account for and disburse funds and collect and record growth, production, and environmental data. And finally, they sometimes have to monitor environments to insure maintenance of optimum conditions for aquatic life.

Like many other jobs, aquaculture directors must be reliable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Fort Collins include:

  • Crop and Livestock Manager. Direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in agricultural crop production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.
  • Farm Rancher. On an ownership or rental basis, operate farms, or other agricultural production establishments which produce crops, horticultural specialties, or animal specialties. May plant, cultivate, harvest, perform post-harvest activities, and market crops and livestock; may hire, train, and supervise farm workers or supervise a farm labor contractor; may prepare cost, production, and other records. May maintain and operate machinery and perform physical work.
  • Garden Center Manager. Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, and other plants.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Aquaculture Director Training

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University, 102 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0100. Colorado State University is a large university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 27,796 students and an admission rate of 86%. Colorado State University has a bachelor's degree program in Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations which graduated twenty-five students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado
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Fort Collins is located in Larimer County, Colorado. It has a population of over 136,509, which has grown by 15.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Fort Collins, 91, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Fort Collins are valued at $216,000 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, two hundred sixty-seven new homes were built in Fort Collins, down from four hundred eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Fort Collins are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 48.4% of Fort Collins residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 18.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Fort Collins is 6.3%, which is less than Colorado's average of 6.6%.

The percentage of Fort Collins residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Assemblies of God and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Visitors to Fort Collins can choose from Carousel Properties, AmericInn Motel & Suites Fort Collins and Hampton Inn Ft. Collins for temporary stays in the area.