A Hobby or a Career?
Very few people are fortunate enough to find a career that allows them to indulge their passion or hobby. When it comes to aquarium keeping, however, you can certainly pursue a career that allows you to enjoy your hobby full-time. Most people are satisfied with indulging their interests in aquariums as a hobby, but those with a deep passion may find little satisfaction in unrelated careers.
Today, education overrides the importance of experience in the hiring policies of most public aquariums. You would do well, therefore, to research and carefully consider your educational possibilities before attempting to build a career working with aquatic animals. Talk with as many professionals as you can, and bear in mind that most started out just as you did, merely with an interest in keeping animals and exploring their worlds.
Find out what sort of research is being done in your area, and offer to help. Most field researchers are poorly funded, and many welcome competent and sincere volunteers. Volunteering is also possible at major aquariums, and organizations such as Earthwatch offer the opportunity to assist in research projects in far-flung corners of the world. Also, contact local governmental agencies to find out what is being done in your specific area of interest.