Working and Careers in Water and Aquatic Science
A water technician does many different things in an aquatic science laboratory and in the field.
Water technician conducting work in an aquatic chemistry laboratory. Photo credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
A water technician does many jobs. They may test fish for contaminants, evaluate how well hatchery fish are digesting different kinds of food, measure the salinity in water, count the number of tiny aquatic animals in a water sample by using a microscope, or conduct many other scientific measurements and tests. Technicians also may work in the field where they may conduct sampling of water or aquatic life. They usually work under the direction of an aquatic biologist, chemist, or other senior-level scientist. Technicians that work in a science laboratory or in the field have at least a bachelor’s degree in a science, such as biology or chemistry.