Master Fishers control fishing vessels and fishing operations to catch and preserve fish, crustacea and molluscs.

    Five years of relevant experience is generally needed to work as a Master Fisher. While formal qualifications are not essential, they may be useful. A course in fishing operations might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Directs fishing operations by using knowledge about the species sought, fishing areas, seasons and the capabilities of the vessel and crew.
    • Directs crew in catching fish, molluscs and crustacea at varying depths using nets, lines, poles, pots and traps.

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    • $2,123 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Master Fishers

    • 610 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 60 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Master Fishers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 590 in 2011 to 610 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Master Fishers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 60 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
    • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing13.5
    Manufacturing2.0
    Wholesale Trade1.4
    Other Industries2.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMaster FishersAll Jobs Average
    NSW11.531.6
    VIC9.025.6
    QLD27.320.0
    SA13.07.0
    WA28.910.8
    TAS7.42.0
    NT2.51.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMaster FishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.6-9.39.3
    25-3417.0-22.922.9
    35-4423.8-22.022.0
    45-5430.5-21.621.6
    55-5913.6-9.09.0
    60-646.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMaster FishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV49.3-21.121.1
    Year 1212.2-18.118.1
    Year 115.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below22.6-12.512.5

    Five years of relevant experience is generally needed to work as a Master Fisher. While formal qualifications are not essential, they may be useful. A course in fishing operations might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • commercial fishing licence
    • certificate of competency
    • fitness test

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Marine Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people and are reliable.

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      46% Skill level

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    5. Production and processing

      44% Skill level

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

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    1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      94% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      92% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      90% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      90% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-3011.00 - Fishers and Related Fishing Workers.

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