Do you want to work as a Fisheries Officer?
- Read about the most important info you need to decide on following this career.
- Follow the 7 points below and search for a tertiary institution near you for future studies. If you already are graduated, you may also search through our list of Jobs in the main menu.
- If you want to PLAN the way you need to prepare, then join our community in step 8 where you will learn everything, while chatting with other potential officers and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!
UPDATED: 1 September 2020
1. What is a Fisheries Officer?
A fishery officer investigates, detects and protects freshwater and marine life, and also protects the general public from consuming toxic and bacteriological contaminated fish and shellfish.
Also known as:
- Inland fisheries enforcement officer
- Fisheries and Marine Officer
- Fishery Control Officer
2. What do they do?
Law & enforcement / Marine Conservation / Wildlife Conservation
Fisheries officers focus on the inspection of marine and inland waterways to ensure that the natural resources are protected.
- Monitor fish numbers and other scientific data
- Contribute to habitat improvement schemes
- Communicate with and advise external bodies, e.g. angling clubs, councils and fisheries owners
- Inspect fish markets and premises in ports
- Sample biological specimens
- Conduct environmental impact assessments
- Write reports
- Administration and filing
Where they work:
They work mostly outdoors, but do spend some time in an office setup for report writing and administration.
Places of Employment –
They are employed by local and national government.
Average Yearly Salary:
They can earn a yearly average of US$60,000 per year. The salary will also differ from country to country.
Some can go into specialized areas, while others may be promoted into management positions that do focus more on office work.
The possible levels:
Assistant Fisheries Officer > Fisheries Officer (middle level) > Senior Fisheries Officer > Manager or Inspector
It can be a physically demanding job. Unlike some outdoor employment, fisheries officers are generally outdoors in what can be harsh weather, such as rain, snow and hot conditions. They may need to work overnight during night surveillance, on weekends, and on holidays. The also may work with difficult citizens.
Future growth and Possibilities:
The future growth of the sector looks good with growth at around 12% per year.
3. Which Skills are required?
The skills required for a career as a fisheries officer 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.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Excellent customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Good swimming and driving skills
- Excellent computer literacy
4. Which Subjects must I have at School?
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!
5. What will I need to Study?
It is possible in some countries to enter this career with a minimum of a High School certificate, as the place of employment provides all of the necessary training, but other do require at least a College Diploma or even Bachelor’s Degree.
If further education is required, then the following subjects could be useful:
- aquaculture and fisheries management/science
- biology/biological sciences
- environmental sciences
- marine science/oceanography
- land management
Short Courses –
They will also, when necessary, complete available short courses to further their knowledge.
The duration of College and University is between 3 to 5 years, while 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 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 fisheries officer 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 enter (sometimes due to things like high tertiary fees, low pass marks in High School etc).
You can begin as an intern assistant fisheries officer 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 fisheries officer 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 may 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.
Join the Fisheries Officers Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:
6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration 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.
Police Certification may be required in some countries to be allowed to carry and operate a weapon.
Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.
7. 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 fishery conservation.
8. Join the OZT community
Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming a fisheries officer.
Members of the Platform have special access to:
- 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
- Make friends around the world and share knowledge
- Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!
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