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Is Fisheries a Lucrative Course to Study in Nigeria?

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Is fishery a good course to study In Nigeria? How lucrative is fisheries in Nigeria?
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Is Fisheries a Lucrative Course to Study in Nigeria?

What is Fisheries?

Fisheries can be seen as that branch of agriculture concerned with the catching, management, and production of fish for mass consumption.
In Nigeria, fisheries and aquaculture are offered as a course in so many universities. The course will enhance its students to be professionals in the management and production of fishes which is relevant for the economic growth of the country.
Fishery practices are not just aimed at the mere production of fishes. Fishery practices are rather aimed towards the deployment of effective fishery practices that lead to the high production of fish on a commercial scale.

What is a Good Course to Study in Nigeria?

Most times, people erroneously characterized certain courses as being bad or good without any real explanation backing their point.
Every course is good. However, certain influencing factors will determine their worth. Such influences arise from the economic and political sphere of a certain country.
This implies that while a course may hold much value in one country, it may lose value in another.
For a course to be considered good in Nigeria, it must satisfy the following factors;
1.     Relevancy to the economy
2.     High Employment Opportunities (Professionals in the field must be highly demanded).
3.     Autonomy (independent)
4.     Salary
Allow me to provide you with a little explanation of each of these factors.

1.     Relevancy to the economy:

A good course would be very relevant to the economy. A good course will equip you with the ability that will be highly relevant to the economy. 

2.     High Employment Opportunities (Professionals in the field must be highly demanded).

A good course in Nigeria is meant to provide enough existing or potential employment opportunities to graduates in that field. This means graduates of that profession must be highly demanded.
It is pertinent to note that only a relevant field to the economy will be highly demanded in a particular country like Nigeria.
These employment opportunities arise from the economy.

3.     Autonomy:

This is the ability of graduates of certain courses to find it easy to practice their course even without being employed or dependent on a particular employer.
This is, therefore, the ability to be self-employed even when practicing your profession.

4.     Salary:

This is the last but not the least. Many people usually equate a good course with a course that offers high pay. Well, they are not wrong.

How Lucrative is Fisheries in Nigeria?

Fisheries may be characterized as a good course if it fulfills the following factors
1.     It must equip graduates with skills that are relevant to the economy of Nigeria
2.     Graduates in fisheries must be highly employable in Nigeria
3.     Graduates in fisheries should find it easy to practice their profession independently in Nigeria
4.     Graduates in fisheries must be well paid by their various employers in Nigeria.
Let’s measure how lucrative fishery is in Nigeria using the following questions.

1.     Are Graduates in Fisheries in high demands in Nigeria:

Graduates in fisheries are employed by the following employers in Nigeria;

·        Commercial fish farms
·        Environmental agencies
·        Tertiary institutions
·        Secondary schools
The job opportunity for graduates in fisheries in Nigeria is very narrow. This is because the agricultural system though lucrative is overlooked by major investors in Nigeria.
In Nigeria, commercial farms are owned majorly by small scale commercial farmers who lack the ability to employ graduates in fisheries.
In terms of demands, fisheries is not a good course to study in Nigeria

2.     How Relevant are the Practices of Fisheries to the Nigerian Economy:

Fisheries’ practices are highly relevant to the economic growth of Nigeria. The practices of fisheries are able to provide Nigeria with food security, revenue among other benefits
In terms of relevancy to the Nigeria economy, fisheries is a good course to study in Nigeria

3.     How Easy does Fisheries Find it to Practice their Profession Without Depending on Employers in Nigeria:

Graduates in fisheries would find it so much easy to practice in Nigeria without depending on employers for job security.
In terms of autonomy, fisheries is a good course in Nigeria

4.     Are Fisheries Well Paid in Nigeria?

Fisheries when compared to other career professionals in Nigeria would earn below average in Nigeria.
In terms of the emoluments, fisheries is averagely a good course to study in Nigeria


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