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Fish farmer

Fish farmers work in small teams to breed and rear fish and shellfish, and harvest them for market.

Potential salary
£13,000 to £35,000
Working hours
44 to 46 variable
  • knowledge of biology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • breeding or buying in stock
  • feeding and monitoring fish health
  • grading and moving fish as they grow
  • maintaining buildings, equipment and habitats
  • treating used water
  • harvesting and selling stock

You could work on a farm.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You could move into areas like fisheries management, biological science or environmental research by taking a degree qualification.

On a larger farm, you could progress to supervisor or manager.

You could start your own fish farm.

You can find out more about working in the fisheries industry through the Institute of Fisheries Management.

Data from National Careers Service.
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