Fish Hatchery Technician Career Summary

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UPDATED: 31 August 2020

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What is a fish hatchery technician?

A fish hatchery technician takes care of the wellbeing of the different kinds of fish, kept at a hatchery. They also help maintain the tanks and water quality.

Alternative Names

The name Fish Hatchery Technician is also known under other names:

  • Aquaculture Hatchery Technician
  • Fish Hatchery Worker

Ancient history?

Aquaculture has been around for more than 4,000 years

Fish farming?

There is an estimated 12 million fish farmers around the world

What does a Fish Hatchery Technician do?

Groups of animals a Fish Hatchery Technician works with

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Career Categories

The Fish Hatchery Technician career can be found within the following OZT career categories:

  • Animal Care
  • Health
  • Farming & Livestock Management
  • Marine Conservation

What does a Fish Hatchery Technician focus on?

The primary focus of a fish hatchery technician is to take care of the daily upkeep of the fish being bred for either commercial sale, or conservation.

What are the daily tasks of a Fish Hatchery Technician?

  • Assist with the transport of fish and their eggs
  • Maintain the condition and water within the tanks
  • Assist in the feeding of the fish
  • Help with the harvesting of eggs and fish
  • Keep records of the growth of new eggs or hatchlings
  • Monitor the health of the fish
  • Ensure that the hatchery safety regulations are adhered to
  • Administration and filing

Working conditions of a Fish Hatchery Technician

Where does a Fish Hatchery Technician work?


Fish hatchery technician work indoors, mainly within the hatchery, which can be completely enclosed, or partially open to allow sunlight and fresh air into the hatchery.

Places of Employment –

Hatchery technicians find employment at hatcheries, research institutions, universities, fish conservation organizations, and government.

What is the average annual salary of a Fish Hatchery Technician?

On average the income per year is around $28,000. This will differ from country to country.

Can a Fish Hatchery Technician be promoted?

Promotion to senior levels are available in most animal caretaker careers. The levels of each promotion might differ from organization to organization, but generally are the following:

Intern Technician -> Technician -> Aquaculturist -> Manager

What kind of difficulties can a Fish Hatchery Technician face?

The most difficult part is working with eggs and small fish that can be extremely fragile. They may also work shifts, long hours and over weekends and holidays.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The average yearly growth of new positions is around 5%, which is below the global job availability average, and causes some competition for new jobs. Possible new opportunities might open as privately owned hatcheries increase in an effort to ensure that the stock level of fish in nature remains stable.

Availability of Jobs


Which Skills are required by a Fish Hatchery Technician?

The skills required for a career as a fish hatchery technician can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Good animal care and handling
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Fish Hatchery Technician?

Minimum educational requirements

​To become a Fish Hatchery Technician doesn’t require formal training, but many do go on to study a College Diploma.

Study Focus

Major –

Further studies help to secure management positions, or entry into a more advanced career. Major can include biology, marine sciences, animal husbandry or aquaculture.

Short Courses –

As this career evolves, there will always be new short courses on topics, such as hatchery methods and the use of technology.

Study Duration

The duration of College Diplomas can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career

Being a fish hatchery technician can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as an intern after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a fish hatchery technician will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior technician or biologist.

Join the Fish Hatchery Technicians Group in the OZT Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of educational qualification people had when entering the Career

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Registration, Certification and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining OZT

Professional Associations


Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards fish breeding.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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