Fishing Hands catch fish, crustacea and molluscs using nets, pots, lines and traps in ocean and inland waters.

Also known as: Fishing Boat Mate.

Specialisations: Cray Fishing Hand, Prawn Trawler Hand, Purse Seining Hand.

You can work as a Fishing Hand without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in fishing operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Attaches gear and fastens towing cables to nets.
  • Casts and lowers nets, pots, lines and traps into water.
  • Prepares lines, attaches running gear and bait, and sets lines into position.
  • Hauls in fishing gear and removes fish and other marine life.
  • Sorts, cleans, preserves, stows and refrigerates catch.

More about Deck and Fishing Hands

All Deck and Fishing Hands

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Fishing Hands

  • 3,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 67% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 56 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fishing Hands (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,400 in 2011 to 3,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Fishing Hands work in many parts of Australia. South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (67%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 56 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 5% 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)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing89.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.8
Wholesale Trade1.9
Public Administration and Safety1.5
Other Industries4.3

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.
StateFishing HandsAll Jobs Average
NSW20.231.6
VIC8.025.6
QLD22.820.0
SA19.17.0
WA18.210.8
TAS9.72.0
NT1.91.0
ACT0.01.9

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 BracketFishing HandsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.1-5.05.0
20-249.0-9.39.3
25-3419.0-22.922.9
35-4419.6-22.022.0
45-5422.2-21.621.6
55-5910.8-9.09.0
60-647.7-6.06.0
65 and Over7.7-4.24.2

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 QualificationFishing HandsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.8-21.121.1
Year 1215.4-18.118.1
Year 118.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below36.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Fishing Hand without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in fishing operations 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.

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

Employers look for Deck and Fishing Hands who are fit, reliable and willing to take direction.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food Production

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    60% Skill level

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

  3. Transportation

    51% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  4. Geography

    46% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  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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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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  1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    94% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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

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

    92% Important

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

  4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    90% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    90% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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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, 45-3011.00 - Fishers and Related Fishing Workers.

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