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Fishers & Related Fishing Workers

Also called: Captain, Deckhand, Commercial Fisherman, Clam Digger

What they do:
Use nets, fishing rods, traps, or other equipment to catch and gather fish or other aquatic animals from rivers, lakes, or oceans, for human consumption or other uses. May haul game onto ship.
On the job, you would:
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
  • Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.
  • Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment and perform minor repairs.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • geography

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • MaxSea COMMANDER software
  • Radio direction finders RDF
Data base user interface and query software
  • Catchlog Trading Catchlog
  • OLRAC Electronic Logbook Software Solution
Route navigation software
  • MaxSea Time Zero Navigator NOAA

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$35,270
per year, on average
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