Aquarium Careers

This file is a PDF copy of the book, "Aquarium Careers" written by Jay Hemdal

It offers some advice to people interested in aquariums as a career. What is a “Job”, what is an “Occupation”, and how might they differ from a “Career”? To me, a job is something distasteful that you must do in order to pay the bills, gain work experience or to otherwise engage your time. An occupation is a job that you spent some time learning, and is a bit less unpleasant of a task to perform than a “job” is – which is a good thing as this is what most working people spend a third of their adult life doing. A career is a step up from this, it is your life’s work; something you have a strong passion for, truly enjoy doing, and more importantly, have an aptitude for.

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Jay Hemdal
Jay Hemdal has kept aquarium fish since he was four. He set up his first marine aquarium in 1968 when he was nine years old. He later worked part time for many years at various local retail pet stores and fish wholesale companies while he was living at home and then during college. After graduating from college with a degree in aquatic biology, he managed the aquarium department of a large retail pet store for five years until 1985, when he was hired as an aquarist/diver (and later department manager) for a large public aquarium. In 1989, he accepted the position of curator of fishes and invertebrates for another public aquarium, where he remains today. Jay has written over 200 articles and papers as well as seven books since 1981.

Jay has also written for the following publications.

Advanced Aquarist Magazine
Aquarium Fish International
Aquarium Frontiers
Comparative Parasitology
Drum and Croaker
Freshwater and Marine Aquarium
International Zoo Yearbook
Journal of Aquariculture and Aquatic Sciences
North American Journal of Aquaculture
Progressive Fish-Culturist
Today's Aquarist
Tropical Fish Hobbyist
Zoo Biology

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