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Top 300 Careers, 12th Edition by Editors at JIST

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Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

Fishers and Fishing Vessel Operators

(O*NET 45-3011.00)

Significant Points

  • This occupation is characterized by strenuous work, long hours, seasonal employment, and some of the most hazardous conditions in the workforce.
  • About 56 percent of all workers are self-employed, among the highest proportions in the workforce.
  • Fishers usually begin as deckhands and acquire their occupational skills on the job.
  • Employment is projected to decline moderately.
Nature of the Work

Fishers and fishing vessel operators catch and trap various types of marine life for human consumption, animal feed, bait, and other uses. (Aquaculture—the raising and harvesting, under controlled conditions, of fish and other aquatic life ...

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