Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Opportunities in the Fish-Processing Industry

Certain fish stocks are diminishing. This has reduced fish landings, or catches, significantly. Plus, more of the work in the industry is being automated. Job opportunities in fish processing are shifting.

The fishing industry has been the livelihood of many coastal cities across North America. But when fewer fish are caught, everyone feels the effects. Coastal communities and processing companies everywhere are feeling the changes.


Here are just some of the tasks that fish processors may do, according to the Alaska Department of Labor (ADL):

  • Clean and pack fish eggs
  • Butcher fish for marketing or further processing
  • Clean fish and prepare for canning, freezing or smoking
  • Butcher live crab, prepare shellfish
  • Weigh and record weights; sort; pack fish in jars, cans, boxes or containers of crushed ice
  • Feed cans and lids into lidding machine

Most production jobs require little training. If you want to be a manager, you'll probably need a college education or lots of experience.

Marine Science

If you love water and have a keen aptitude for science, studying marine science just might be for you. Imagine learning to research the effect of weather trends on the ocean, or finding out how to develop new forms of medicine from marine plant life.

Marine science is the general term used for any research conducted in relation to the ocean and the coastal or inland waters connected to the oceans. The field of marine science is made up of many different disciplines, including physics, geology, physical oceanography, archaeology, anthropology, engineering and numerous high-tech jobs.

Pet Products

People are treating pets like members of the family. It's a trend that is leading many companies to cater to consumers who want to pamper Fido or Fluffy with everything from hotels for cats to liposuction for dogs.