Seafood Process Workers scale, clean, fillet, cut, shell, grade and package fish and shellfish.

Specialisations: Abalone Sheller, Oyster Opener.

You can work as a Seafood Process Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in seafood processing might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Sorts, inspects and grades seafood products for size and quality.
  • Prepares seafood by skinning, trimming, washing, gilling, gutting, filleting, shucking, descaling, cooking, smoking, preserving and/or canning fish, shellfish and molluscs.
  • Operates machines which slice, peel, skin and crumb seafood.
  • Counts and packs prepared seafood for freezing.
  • Packs frozen seafood blocks into cartons after freezing, in order to prepare stock for dispatch.
  • Loads seafood products into trucks.
  • Cleans and sanitises equipment and work areas.

More about Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers

All Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers

  • $1,028 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Seafood Process Workers

  • 1,800 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 32% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Seafood Process Workers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 1,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Seafood Process Workers work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania and South Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (53%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 32% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing36.0
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing24.1
Wholesale Trade20.5
Retail Trade11.0
Other Industries8.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSeafood Process WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW16.231.6
VIC12.625.6
QLD20.820.0
SA13.57.0
WA10.210.8
TAS26.02.0
NT0.51.0
ACT0.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSeafood Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.0-5.05.0
20-2410.9-9.39.3
25-3422.0-22.922.9
35-4419.1-22.022.0
45-5423.1-21.621.6
55-5910.9-9.09.0
60-646.5-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationSeafood Process WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV14.4-21.121.1
Year 1225.9-18.118.1
Year 119.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below39.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Seafood Process Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in seafood processing might be helpful.

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 Australian Meat Processing and Seafood Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

Employers look for Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers who are reliable physically fit and have a good work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    51% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Food Production

    46% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  4. Mechanical

    40% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend Time Standing

    97% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    89% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    87% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  4. Physical Proximity

    86% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  5. Contact With Others

    79% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-3022.00 - Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers.

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