Aquaculture Farmers plan, organise, control, coordinate and perform farming operations to breed and raise fish and other aquatic stock.

At least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job (that's a skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher).

Tasks

  • planning and coordinating the operation of hatcheries to produce fish fry, seed oysters, crayfish, marron and prawns taking into account environmental and market factors
  • monitoring the environment to maintain optimal growing conditions
  • identifying and controlling environmental toxins and diseases
  • monitoring stock growth rates to determine when to harvest
  • transporting fish, crayfish, marron, prawns and sticks of seed oysters to new tanks, ponds, cages and floating net pens
  • directing and overseeing the harvesting, grading and packaging of fish, oysters and other aquatic stock
  • organising the sale, purchase and transportation of fish stock
  • maintaining and evaluating records of farming activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly
  • managing business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors

Job Titles

  • Aquaculture or Marine Farmer
  • Aquaculture or Marine Farmer

    Specialisations: Seafood Farmer, Fish Farmer, Hatchery Manager (Fish), Mussel Farmer, Oyster Farmer

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 4,200 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 91.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47.5 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 11.6% female Gender Share

The number of Aquaculture Farmers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 4,200 in 2017 to 4,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Aquaculture Farmers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91.2%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61.1%).
  • Gender: 11.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
2007900
20081400
20093100
20101800
20112500
20121100
20132300
20142600
20152000
20162500
20174200
20224100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Fishing80.7
Public Administration and Safety7.5
Education and Training6.5
Retail Trade3.4
Other Industries1.9

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 2017, 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 FarmersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.431.6
VIC8.826.2
QLD27.919.7
SA13.56.7
WA6.710.8
TAS16.22.0
NT1.41.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAquaculture FarmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-241.3-9.99.9
25-3424.9-23.623.6
35-4412.6-21.721.7
45-5439.0-20.820.8
55-596.5-8.88.8
60-643.3-6.06.0
65 and Over12.3-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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At least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job (that's a skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher).

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Seafood Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Aquaculture Farmers who work well in a team, communicate clearly and who are reliable.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    82% Important

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

  2. Administration and Management

    76% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  3. English Language

    73% Important

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

  4. Production and Processing

    73% Important

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

  5. Mathematics

    69% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    88% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    87% Important

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

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    85% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Scheduling Work and Activities

    85% Important

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  5. Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others

    83% Important

    Getting a group of people to work together to finish a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9013.03 - Aquacultural Managers.

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