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Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
Quick Facts : Fishers and Related Fishing Workers*
2010 Median Pay$25,590
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201232,000
Job Outlook-6% (Decline moderately)
Employment Change-2,000


Fishers and related fishing workers catch and trap various types of marine life. The fish they catch are for human food, animal feed, bait, and other uses. Some fishers work in deep water on large fishing boats that are equipped for long stays at sea. Some process the fish they catch on board and prepare them for sale.

What Fishers and Related Fishing Workers Do

  • Locate fish using fish-finding equipment
  • Direct fishing operations and supervise crew
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments
  • Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice
  • Measure fish to ensure they comply with legal size

Work Environment

Fishers and related fishing workers work under various environmental conditions, depending on the region, body of water, and kinds of fish sought. Sometimes the work environment can be unpleasant or dangerous.
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Job Outlook

Employment of fishers and related fishing workers is expected to decline by 6 percent from 2010 to 2020. However, because competition from farm-raised and imported seafood tends to be concentrated in specific species, some regions are more affected than others.
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Pay

The average salary of fishers and related fishing workers was $25,590 in May 2010.
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Fishers and Related Fishing Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

25590

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

-6.25

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Most fishers learn on the job by finding work through family or friends, or simply by walking around the docks and asking for employment. However, by enrolling in 2-year vocational-technical programs offered by some high schools, fishers can improve their chances of getting a job.
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