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Overview

Fishers catch fish and other marine life by net, trap, and hook and then sell their catch to commercial food processors, restaurants, and fish markets. Fishers work in both the ocean and fresh water bodies. Some fishers run recreational charter fishing businesses: They rent powerboats, provide fishing expertise, and take customers out on the water for sport fishing trips. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that fishers and fishing vessel operators hold approximately 28,400 jobs, with about 57 percent of these workers self-employed.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Athletic

Hands On

Technical

Career Ladder
Fishing Business Owner or Processing Operations Owner

Captain

First Mate

Boatswain

Deckhand