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Fishers & Related Fishing Workers

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

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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.


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


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


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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • P-Sea WindPlot
Data base user interface and query software
  • Catchlog Trading Catchlog
  • OLRAC Electronic Logbook Software Solution
Route navigation software
  • MaxSea Time Zero Navigator NOAA


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

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

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