By Jacob Whitcomb
Commercial Fisherman catch fish and other seafood(lobster, crabs, shrimp and ect..) to sell and make a profit. The average salary is $44,000 a year but can vary greatly due to company and location.
In order to be a commercial fisherman you don't have to have any type of degree, you just have to have 2 years of experience on a different vessel. Skills you need are know how to use nets, fishing rods, traps, or other equipment to catch and gather fish.
The amount of hours worked a week depend on the season you are in. At times you are out at the sea for a couple weeks.
Some physical requirements well be being able to bring 100+ lb fish into the boat and pulling nets into the boat.
Working conditions will depend on if you get caught in storms or how rough the ocean is but you will be outside 95% of the time.
You have to have a good personality because when you have to stay up for 24 hours straight people will get annoyed with you and you will not have friends on the vessel if you are rude/snobby.
There are not many colleges that have a program for this but if you go to college, a very close major would be Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management. The nearest school near me that offers this is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The outlook for this job is good because people will always eat seafood and will always have to have people to catch the food for them.
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