Aquaculture Workers perform routine tasks in breeding and raising fish and other aquatic stock.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

Tasks

  • feeding and grading fish, and monitoring their growth
  • assisting with farm layout and constructing nets, long-lines and cages
  • checking and looking after equipment and fish housing
  • operating pumps and other equipment
  • testing and checking on water quality
  • removing dead and dying fish
  • operating lifting equipment such as forklifts and small cranes
  • harvesting fish, and sorting and packing for transportation
  • restocking pens, pools, tanks, ponds, rivers and dams with juvenile fish
  • collecting and recording growth, production and water quality data

Job Titles

  • Aquaculture Worker

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      Unavailable
    • Future Growth

      strong
    • Skill Level

      High School or Certificate I
    • Employment Size

      1000
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      77.2%
    • Female Share

      22.8%
    • Full-Time Share

      79.7%

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    This is a very small occupation employing 1000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
    Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Tasmania and South Australia have a large share of Aquaculture Workers.
    • They nearly all work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 42.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
    • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    2005100
    2006400
    20071800
    2008900
    2009900
    20101200
    20111100
    2012900
    2013800
    20141100
    20151000
    20201200

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryAquaculture WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time79.768.4
    Part-time20.331.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)42.840

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing100

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAquaculture WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW731.8
    VIC4.325.5
    QLD23.719.8
    SA20.16.8
    WA13.411.2
    TAS30.72
    NT0.81.1
    ACT01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAquaculture WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.8-5.45.4
    20-246.9-9.99.9
    25-3456.3-23.423.4
    35-4416.8-21.721.7
    45-5411-21.121.1
    55-590-8.78.7
    60-643-5.95.9
    65 and Over4.3-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryAquaculture WorkersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males77.2Males53.6
    Females22.8Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

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    A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Aquaculture Workers who work well in a team, are reliable and responsible.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Administration and Management

      60% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      57% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Biology

      55% Important

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    4. Production and Processing

      54% Important

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    5. English Language

      53% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Handling and Moving Objects

      87% Important

      Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

    2. Performing General Physical Activities

      81% Important

      Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

    3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

      80% Important

      Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

    4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      79% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

      79% Important

      Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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