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Fishers and Related Fishing Workers - 45-3011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Use nets, fishing rods, traps, or other equipment to catch and gather fish or other aquatic animals from rivers, lakes, or oceans, for human consumption or other uses. May haul game onto ship.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Captain
  • Clam Digger
  • Commercial Crabber
  • Commercial Fisherman
  • Commercial Fishing Vessel Operator
  • Crew Member
  • Deckhand
  • Fisherman
  • Lobsterman
  • Menhaden Fishing Crew Member

SOC Occupation Groups

45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
45-3000 Fishing and Hunting Workers
45-3010 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
45-3011.00 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Related Occupations


  • Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, or dredges.
  • Club or gaff large fish to enable hauling them into fishing vessel.
  • Compute positions and plot courses on charts to navigate vessels, using instruments such as compasses, sextants, and charts.
  • Connect accessories such as floats, weights, flags, lights, or markers to nets, lines, or traps.
  • Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members.
  • Estimate costs of operations and plan fishing season budgets accordingly.
  • Harvest marine life for human or animal consumption, using diving or dredging equipment, traps, barges, rods, reels, or tackle.
  • Hire qualified crew members, and assign their duties.
  • Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses.
  • Load and unload vessel equipment and supplies, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
  • Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment.
  • Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment and perform minor repairs.
  • Monitor distribution of proceeds from sales of catches to ensure that crew members receive their prearranged portions.
  • Operate rowboats, dinghies, or skiffs to transport fishers, divers, or sponge hookers or to tow and position fishing equipment.
  • Oversee the purchase of supplies, gear, and equipment such as fuel, netting, and cables.
  • Participate in wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.
  • Plan fishing operations, establishing the fish to be sought, the fishing location, the method of capture, and the duration of the trip.
  • Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
  • Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.
  • Record in logbooks specifics of fishing activities such as dates, harvest areas, yields, and weather and sea conditions.
  • Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.
  • Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.
  • Sell catches by contacting and negotiating with buyers or by sending catches to fish auctions.
  • Share fishing expertise through activities such as writing for fishing magazines, hosting television shows, or testing and endorsing fishing equipment.
  • Signal other workers to move, hoist, and position loads.
  • Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.
  • Stand lookout for schools of fish, and for steering and engine-room watches.
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
  • Transport fish to processing plants or to buyers.
  • Wash decks, conveyors, knives, and other equipment, using brushes, detergents, and water.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Attach equipment extensions or accessories.
  • Capture or kill animals.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
  • Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.
  • Estimate labor or resource requirements for forestry, fishing, or agricultural operations.
  • Hire farming, fishing or forestry workers.
  • Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment.
  • Locate animals for fishing or hunting purposes.
  • Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Monitor financial activities.
  • Navigate water vessels.
  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
  • Plan trapping or hunting activities.
  • Position animal trapping or capture equipment.
  • Promote agricultural or hunting activities.
  • Sell agricultural products.
  • Sort forestry or agricultural materials.
  • Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
  • Treat animal injuries or illnesses.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Boatswain, Otter Trawler
  • Deckhand, Fishing Vessel
  • Dulser
  • Fisher, Diving
  • Fisher, Line
  • Fisher, Net
  • Fisher, Pot
  • Fisher, Spear
  • Fisher, Terrapin
  • Fisher, Weir
  • Irish-Moss Bleacher
  • Irish-Moss Gatherer
  • Kelp Cutter
  • Net Repairer
  • Oyster Floater
  • Shellfish Dredge Operator
  • Shellfish Grower
  • Shellfish-Bed Worker
  • Skiff Operator
  • Sponge Clipper
  • Sponge Hooker