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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 576580 0.719 3756
United States n/an/an/a n/an/an/a

Job outlook

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


Wage data is not available.

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

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

LTR Training Systems, Inc.   (Anchorage)
Aircraft Water Ditching & Survival
Aviation Crash Survival Experience
Aviation Land & Water Survival
Bear Awareness & Handgun Defense
Bear Awareness & Shotgun Defense
Bear Awareness & Spray Defense
Cold Weather Saftey & Survival
Field Travel Safety & Wilderness Skills
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training
Wilderness Safety Leader

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Cold Water Survival & Egress
Cold Water Survival Training/046
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)