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Career profile Fisherman

Also known as Commercial Fisherman, Commercial Fishing Vessel Operator, Deckhand, Fisherman, Fur Trapper, Hunter, Nuisance Wildlife Trapper, Trapper, Urban Wildlife Damage Control Specialist, Wildlife Control Operator

Fisherman

Also known as Commercial Fisherman, Commercial Fishing Vessel Operator, Deckhand

Interests Profile
  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Enterprising
Pay Range
N/A
Required Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Operation and Control
  • Active Listening
Knowledge Areas
  • Law and Government
  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
Core tasks
  • Direct fishing or hunting operations, and supervise crew members.
  • Oversee the purchase of supplies, gear, and equipment.
  • Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
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What does a Fisherman do?

Fishermen hunt, trap, catch, or gather wild animals or aquatic animals and plants.

In addition, Fishermen

  • may use nets, traps, or other equipment,
  • may haul catch onto ship or other vessel.

What kind of tasks does a Fisherman perform regularly?

Fishermen are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:

  • Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
  • Obtain permission from landowners to hunt or trap on their land.
  • Travel on foot, by vehicle, or by equipment such as boats, snowmobiles, helicopters, snowshoes, or skis to reach hunting areas.
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
  • Skin quarry, using knives, and stretch pelts on frames to be cured.
  • Maintain and repair trapping equipment.
  • Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment and perform minor repairs.
  • Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.
  • Scrape fat, blubber, or flesh from skin sides of pelts with knives or hand scrapers.
  • Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment.
  • Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.
  • Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.
  • Obtain required approvals for using poisons or traps, and notify persons in areas where traps and poison are set.
  • Track animals by checking for signs such as droppings or destruction of vegetation.
  • Compute positions and plot courses on charts to navigate vessels, using instruments such as compasses, sextants, and charts.
  • Select, bait, and set traps, and lay poison along trails, according to species, size, habits, and environs of birds or animals and reasons for trapping them.
  • Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, or dredges.
  • Participate in animal damage control, wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.
  • Transport fish to processing plants or to buyers.
  • Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses.
  • Release quarry from traps or nets and transfer to cages.
  • Kill or stun trapped quarry, using clubs, poisons, guns, or drowning methods.
  • Wash decks, conveyors, knives, and other equipment, using brushes, detergents, and water.
  • Wash and sort pelts according to species, color, and quality.
  • Connect accessories such as floats, weights, flags, lights, or markers to nets, lines, or traps.
  • Teach or guide individuals or groups unfamiliar with specific hunting methods or types of prey.
  • Load and unload vessel equipment and supplies, by hand or using hoisting equipment.

The above responsibilities are specific to Fishermen. More generally, Fishermen are involved in several broader types of activities:

Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.

What is a Fisherman salary?

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Fishermen is expected to change by 10.8%, and there should be roughly 5,300 open positions for Fishermen every year.

Median annual salary
N/A
Typical salary range
N/A
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)
10.8%

What personality traits are common among Fishermen?

Interests

Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Fisherman are usually higher in their Realistic interests.

Fishermen typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Values

People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as a Fisherman tend to value Independence, Relationships, and Support.

Most importantly, Fishermen moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

Second, Fishermen moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Lastly, Fishermen somewhat value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Fishermen must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, initiative, and attention to detail.

Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Fishermen, ranked by importance:

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

What education and training do Fishermen need?

Working as a Fisherman may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Fishermen need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

Educational degrees among Fishermen

  • 21.4% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 41.3% completed high school or secondary school
  • 20.3% completed some college coursework
  • 5.2% earned a Associate's degree
  • 9.9% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 1.7% earned a Master's degree
  • 0.3% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Fishermen

Fishermen may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as law and government, mechanical, or production and processing knowledge.

The list below shows several areas in which most Fishermen might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.

Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Mechanical
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Biology
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Important Abilities needed by Fishermen

Fishermen must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

For example, Fishermen need abilities such as arm-hand steadiness, manual dexterity, and multilimb coordination in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Fishermen, ranked by their relative importance.

Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Static Strength
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Reaction Time
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

Critical Skills needed by Fishermen

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

Fishermen frequently use skills like critical thinking, operation and control, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Fishermen, ranked by their relative importance.

Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operations Monitoring
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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