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Fish farmer Aquaculturist

Fish farmers work in small teams to breed and rear fish and shellfish, and harvest them for market.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but a college course may give you useful skills and knowledge.

Relevant experience, from being a member of an angling club, or by volunteering for conservation or ecological organisations, could also be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • physical fitness and swimming ability
  • IT skills
  • commercial awareness
  • boat handling skills

3. What you'll do

You'll breed and grow shellfish and fish for the food industry, and rear ornamental and fresh-water fish to stock lakes and rivers for angling.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • breeding or buying in stock
  • feeding and monitoring fish health
  • grading and moving fish as they grow
  • maintaining buildings, equipment and habitats
  • treating used water
  • harvesting and selling stock

4. Salary

Starter: £13,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £21,000

Highly Experienced: £21,000 to £35,000

Use of a house or caravan and a vehicle may be included.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You may work on a rota that includes early mornings, evenings and weekends.

You'll work outdoors in ll weathers.

The job can be physically demanding.

6. Career path and progression

You could move into areas like fisheries management, biological science or environmental research by taking a degree qualification.

On a larger farm, you could progress to supervisor or manager.

You could start your own fish farm.

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Last updated: 12 April 2017