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Question: What specific education would I need to own an aquatic aquarium (like the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago)?
What college would you prefer for Marine Wildlife, and Aquatic studies?
I have always wanted to go to college and study zoology and marine biology. I would like to incorporate that into my life after college, whether it be film or even owning wildlife resorts around the world.
Do you know a variety of different marine biology/zoology jobs?
Answer: Well, to own it you would absolutely need business knowledge of some sort. To run it properly you'd probably want education in at least basic biology, aquatic animal biology and ecology, aquaculture, and practical experience as an aquarist (aquatic zoo keeper) on a large scale. A venture of this sort can be and has been successful by hiring people who have the latter education and experience, even if the owner/CEO lacks them.
If you're really interested in the science behind things, a biology degree of some sort would be your kind of thing. I don't know your specific educational background in science, so I don't know if you'll have a representative idea of what a beginning bio student would be working on. Some of the more advanced courses are a whole different world.
If you're not especially interested in something like science research, education, or working in an animal facility, perhaps you might consider at least a double major, or take a biology/zoology/marine biology minor along with a major in something more applicable to what you want to do (for instance, you mention both film and business).
You know you much better than I do , and of course you can always switch things up if you discover you do or don't like a particular thing, but I had less fun in my biology classes when I was surrounded by people who were either obsessed with grades (i.e. pre-med or -vet) or had gotten into something without realizing what it entails (i.e. don't -truly- enjoy biology as an academic discipline), so I like for people to know what they're getting into beforehand. [By the time you get to upper division electives, which are the really fun classes anyway, you're pretty much only with like-minded people.]
As for jobs, there is of course research in any number of specialties, government work in wildlife agencies in enforcement, wildlife managment, and research, animal keeper jobs, animal trainers (these tend to need more specialized training and lots of practical experience), zoo/aquarium curators (tend to be veteran keepers with lots of experience). . . .