Fishers and Related Fishing Workers (45-3011)

Occupation 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. Aquacultural laborers who work on fish farms are included in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals (45-2093).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 581609 4.83 1518
United States n/an/an/a n/an/an/a

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 14.788.499.57 13.0419.6423.12
Alaska 16.0212.8713.74 15.2018.3020.00

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,7811,218 68.426.3 20.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation183
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation46
UI claimants previously working in occupation271
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 3,773
Number of job position postings 953
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.0

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Artic Survival: Wilderness & Outdoor Awareness Preparedness
Cold Water Survival
Cold Water Survival & Egress
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training - HUET

University of Alaska Anchorage, Prince William Sound   (Valdez)
Fisheries/Aquaculture CT1
Fisheries/Aquaculture CT2

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Fisheries BA
Fisheries BS
Fisheries MS
Fisheries PHD
Fisheries Science BS
Fisheries Science MS

University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Fisheries Technology AAS
Fisheries Technology CT2

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Fisheries Technology AAS
Fisheries Technology OEC

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Fishermen (November 2012)

Alaska’s Fishermen (November 2007)