Aquaculture is the farming of freshwater and marine plants and animals, including salmon, sea bass, trout, carp, turbot, halibut, mussels, oysters and seaweed.

The industry is currently worth more than £620 million to the UK’s GDP, so if you like the idea of working outdoors, developing new skills and keeping up with the latest science and technology, then a job in aquaculture could be for you.

Aquaculture is fast-paced, innovative and full of opportunities for enthusiastic, hard-working people. Whether you decide to do a degree at university or a Modern Apprenticeship in the workplace, a qualification in aquaculture will help improve your career prospects across Scotland and the rest of the world. It offers something for everyone across all ages, providing good jobs in some beautiful parts of the country.

Find out more about the variety of jobs available in Scottish finfish aquaculture by clicking on the arrows or icons in our presentation below.


What's involved in growing shellfish in Scotland? Jim Cameron, one of the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre's Summer Interns 2020, created this video highlighting the career opportunities in the Scottish shellfish aquaculture sector:

Have a look at some of the the aquaculture jobs that you could do: