We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.



Since a limnologist is part wildlife biologist, chemist, ecologist, environmental scientist, hydrologist and even fisheries biologist, you can get a bachelor of science degree in biology, ecology, chemistry, physics, geology, or even mathematics.

But after that…

Most employers require that limnologists (no matter what their specialty) have a master's or even doctorate degree that indicates their specialty. Some schools offer master's and doctor degrees in limnology and some don't. You'll have to poke around a bit to see what fits your desired area of specialty.

But even before you start college, take a bunch of high school classes in upper science and math, and figure out a way to work at—or even volunteer for—science museums, aquariums, or nature groups. A little experience can go a long way.

Even after college, before graduate school, many people opting to delve into limnology choose to get some hands-on experience such as participating in a research project, talking to school children, and even leading a camp for kids interested in the water sciences.

As you can see, limnology and related water sciences are immersive, and a broad education is necessary to be successful.