Fish and Seafood Processing Labourers

(NOC 9618)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Labourers in this group do clean-up, packaging, material handling and other activities related to fish and seafood processing. They work in fish and seafood processing and packaging plants.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 435 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 1945 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline significantly over the next few years, which will limit the number of new opportunities available. 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. Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing 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.

Growth in Nova Scotia's fish and seafood sector continues to generate strong demand for this occupation. Jobs are often seasonal, long hours of work may be required, and work can be physically challenging. Opportunities are more common in remote areas of the province.

Hourly Pay

$13.35

Minimum

$15.25

Median

$19.41

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,173

Minimum

$13,622

Median

$31,743

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$20.80

Median

$33.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Labourers in this group do clean-up, packaging, material handling and other activities related to fish and seafood processing. They work in fish and seafood processing and packaging plants.

Job duties

Fish and seafood processing labourers:

  • Unload fish and shellfish from fishing vessels and move them by hand or forklift truck to work area in fish processing plant.
  • Immerse fresh fish fillets in brine solution to condition them for wrapping or freezing.
  • Weigh fish or shellfish, record weight and pack fish in ice.
  • Sort fish according to species, weight and destination.
  • Clean work areas and equipment.
  • Move supplies and packaging materials throughout plant and storage area manually or with powered equipment.
  • Measure and dump ingredients into hoppers of mixing and grinding machines.

Sample job titles

  • cannery labourer - fish processing
  • fish packer - fish processing
  • fish plant labourer
  • fish processing labourer
  • shellfish labourer
  • shellfish packer - fish processing
  • shellfish processing labourer

Skills

  • You should have good physical health. You must be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education may be required.

Other considerations

  • Work in these jobs is generally seasonal and carried out in shifts at various hours of the day or on a part-time basis. Movement to other jobs in the fish processing industry is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

2,335

employed in 2016

63.4%

employed full-time

0.4%

self employed

36.2%
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63.8%
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46.1

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

56.8%

Southern

$17,049 median annual income
21.4%

Cape Breton

$11,974 median annual income
9.6%

North Shore

$10,590 median annual income
8.5%

Halifax

$12,200 median annual income
3.6%

Annapolis Valley

$13,164 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

87.3%

Manufacturing

8.0%

Wholesale trade

1.0%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

1.0%

Retail trade

0.7%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

15-24

25.0%

55-64

22.0%

45-54

12.0%

25-34

11.0%

35-44

6.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

46.0%

Less than high school

$13,730 median annual income
34.3%

High school

$13,570 median annual income
9.2%

College Diploma

$16,883 median annual income
8.4%

Trade Certification

$12,849 median annual income
1.1%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

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 Seafood Alliance
Yarmouth, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.