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The magic of reality is grandeur than imagination, and where would you find the most fascinating stories? Under the sea. If you are one of those people who are in love with the sea and the life of its inhabitants, studying Aquaculture is a great opportunity for you to pursue your love of the sea.

Also known as Aqua-farming, this course is concerned with farming of aquatic creatures, breeding and crossbreeding, cultivating freshwater and saltwater populations, understand and monitor commercial fishing, and many other things.


With a degree in Aquaculture or a related field, you will be able to pursue postgraduate education in areas related to

  • Ecology
  • Reproduction and Genetics
  • Animal Health Management
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental Management
  • Aquatic Animals
  • Aquaculture Related Technologies
  • Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience
  • Fisheries Science
  • Others
Subject Focus

As a student of Aquaculture will be trained and educated in the following areas:

  • Principles of Aquaculture
  • Microbiology
  • Biology
  • Aquaculture Organisms
  • Production Technology
  • Water Quality Management
  • Marine Disease
  • Underwater Plants
  • Environmental Management
  • Many other discipline

Entry Requirements:

Diploma: SPM, SPMV, UEC (Min 3Bs in Science), or equivalent.
Degree: Foundation in Science, STPM, IB and/or Equivalent

Personality Type

Some traits among scientists in the field may be:

  • Scientific Analysis
  • Observation Skills
  • Precision and Great Attention to Details
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Ability to work in remote locations
  • Other qualities

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

These are some of the titles for people with this kind of qualifications:

  • Aquaculture Consultant
  • Assistant Research Officer
  • Food Industry Specialists
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Assistant Operation/Project Manager
  • Production supervisor

Starting salary for a diploma holder is between RM1,300 – RM2,200. For degree holders, Salary range for an entry level position is RM2,400 – RM3,200.

Professional level positions salaries do range from RM6,000 – RM12,000 and maybe higher.

Job Demand

In Malaysia:
It is fascinating to sea how the world is changing now. Scientists in fields like this don’t have to look for jobs. They can be the employers. In the case of aquaculture, if you have your own business in the field, you are an aquapreneur.

You can also find jobs in any of these fields: Hatcheries, Laboratories, Enclosures, Processing and Packaging Plant, Cold Storage Complex, and other titles.

Global demand:
Job titles may include: Aquaculture Application Specialist, Assistant Hatchery Manager, Service Technician, Fish Culture Technician, Extension Specialist, and many other jobs.

Becoming Professional

There are several associations in Malaysia that provide professional training and certifications.

Useful links
Malaysian Fisheries Society
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences

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