Fish and Seafood Plant Workers

(NOC 9463)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

This group includes fish and seafood plant machine operators who set up and operate machinery to process and package fish and seafood products, and fish and seafood plant cutters and cleaners who cut, trim and clean fish or seafood by hand. Fish and seafood plant workers are employed in fish and seafood processing plants.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 60 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Fish and Seafood Plant Workers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work). With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 12% of Fish and Seafood Plant Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $29,584. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.40

Minimum

$13.50

Median

$21.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,186

Minimum

$12,539

Median

$36,046

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes fish and seafood plant machine operators who set up and operate machinery to process and package fish and seafood products, and fish and seafood plant cutters and cleaners who cut, trim and clean fish or seafood by hand. Fish and seafood plant workers are employed in fish and seafood processing plants.

Job duties

Fish and seafood plant machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and operate machines to clean, cut, cook, smoke, brine, dehydrate, or otherwise process fish or seafood products.
  • Set up and operate machines to can, bag, box or otherwise package fish and seafood products.
  • Check products and packaging for defects and to ensure conformance to company standards and perform corrective machine adjustments as required.
  • Record production information such as quantity, weight, date and type of products packaged.

Fish and seafood plant cutters and cleaners perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Cut, clean and trim fish or seafood prior to marketing or further processing.
  • Scrape away scales, cut fish, separate fillets and remove scrap parts using knife.
  • Check fish fillets to determine optimal number and size of fillet sections, cut sections according to specifications and place in container for weighing.
  • Disjoint and remove meat from lobsters or other crustaceans preparatory to canning or further processing.

Sample job titles

  • fish cleaner and cutter - fish processing
  • fish cutting machine operator - fish processing
  • fish plant worker
  • fish processor
  • lobster processor - fish processing
  • seafood preparer - fish and seafood processing

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical aptitude are important. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education may be required.
  • On-the-job training is required.

Other considerations

Shift work may be typical for many of these jobs. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

875

employed in 2016

69.8%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

43.1%
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56.9%
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44.5

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

59.6%

Southern

16.9%

Cape Breton

10.5%

Halifax

9.7%

Northern

3.7%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

90.3%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

6.3%

Wholesale Trade

1.1%

Health Care and Social Assistance

1.1%

Accommodation and Food Services

1.1%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

39.6%

55-64

22.5%

45-54

13.5%

35-44

10.4%

15-24

7.3%

65+

6.6%

25-34

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

41.3%

Less than high school

N/A
35.3%

High school

N/A
14.7%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
6.0%

Trades certificate

N/A
1.6%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
38B John St, Suite 1
Yarmouth, NS B5A 3H2
Tel: (902) 742-6167
Fax: (902) 742-8391
Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association
38 - B John Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 3H2
Tel: (902) 742-6168
Fax: (902) 742-8391

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