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

    You can work as an Aquaculture Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in aquaculture might be helpful.

    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

    All Aquaculture Workers

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 1,400 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 14% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Aquaculture Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 1,400 in 2018 to 1,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Aquaculture Workers work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania and South Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24%).
    • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20081300
    20091100
    20101200
    2011800
    2012900
    2013900
    2014800
    20151000
    20162000
    20171300
    20181400
    20231400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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 Fishing92.4
    Wholesale Trade2.6
    Manufacturing1.1
    Public Administration and Safety0.9
    Other Industries3.0

    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.
    StateAquaculture WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW16.231.6
    VIC7.725.6
    QLD16.420.0
    SA14.27.0
    WA3.910.8
    TAS40.22.0
    NT1.41.0
    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 BracketAquaculture WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-199.4-5.05.0
    20-2414.4-9.39.3
    25-3422.2-22.922.9
    35-4419.7-22.022.0
    45-5420.0-21.621.6
    55-597.4-9.09.0
    60-644.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationAquaculture WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV27.2-21.121.1
    Year 1219.1-18.118.1
    Year 115.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below33.8-12.512.5

    You can work as an Aquaculture Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in aquaculture 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 Seafood Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Administration and Management

      46% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      45% Skill level

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

    3. Mechanical

      40% Skill level

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

    4. Production and Processing

      40% Skill level

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

    5. Biology

      38% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      90% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    3. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      87% Important

      How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

    4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      86% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      83% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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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, 45-2093.00 - Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals.

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