Summary Report for:
45-3031.00 - Fishing and Hunting Workers
Hunt, trap, catch, or gather wild animals or aquatic animals and plants. May use nets, traps, or other equipment. May haul catch onto ship or other vessel.
Sample of reported job titles: Commercial Fisherman, Commercial Fishing Vessel Operator, Deckhand, Fisherman, Fur Trapper, Hunter, Nuisance Wildlife Trapper, Trapper, Urban Wildlife Damage Control Specialist, Wildlife Control Operator
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- Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
- Obtain permission from landowners to hunt or trap on their land.
- Travel on foot, by vehicle, or by equipment such as boats, snowmobiles, helicopters, snowshoes, or skis to reach hunting areas.
- Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
- Skin quarry, using knives, and stretch pelts on frames to be cured.
- Maintain and repair trapping equipment.
- Scrape fat, blubber, or flesh from skin sides of pelts with knives or hand scrapers.
- Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used.
- Maintain engines, fishing gear, and other on-board equipment and perform minor repairs.
- Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.
- Remove catches from fishing equipment and measure them to ensure compliance with legal size.
- Locate fish, using fish-finding equipment.
- Obtain required approvals for using poisons or traps, and notify persons in areas where traps and poison are set.
- Track animals by checking for signs such as droppings or destruction of vegetation.
- Compute positions and plot courses on charts to navigate vessels, using instruments such as compasses, sextants, and charts.
- Select, bait, and set traps, and lay poison along trails, according to species, size, habits, and environs of birds or animals and reasons for trapping them.
- Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, or dredges.
- Participate in animal damage control, wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.
- Transport fish to processing plants or to buyers.
- Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses.
- Release quarry from traps or nets and transfer to cages.
- Kill or stun trapped quarry, using clubs, poisons, guns, or drowning methods.
- Wash and sort pelts according to species, color, and quality.
- Wash decks, conveyors, knives, and other equipment, using brushes, detergents, and water.
- Connect accessories such as floats, weights, flags, lights, or markers to nets, lines, or traps.
- Teach or guide individuals or groups unfamiliar with specific hunting methods or types of prey.
- Load and unload vessel equipment and supplies, by hand or using hoisting equipment.
- Harvest marine life for human or animal consumption, using diving or dredging equipment, traps, barges, rods, reels, or tackle.
- Direct fishing or hunting operations, and supervise crew members.
- Oversee the purchase of supplies, gear, and equipment.
- Analytical or scientific software — DeerDays; Strat-Tech Deer Hunting Expert; Winchester Ammunition Ballistics Calculator
- Data base user interface and query software — Catchlog Trading Catchlog; OLRAC Electronic Logbook Software Solution
- Map creation software — MaxSea TIMEZERO; P-Sea WindPlot; Signet Nobeltec Catch; Trimble MyTopo Terrain Navigator Pro
- Route navigation software — MaxSea Time Zero Navigator NOAA
- Acoustic ear muffs or defenders — Hunting ear muffs
- Air rifles or air handguns — Tranquilizer guns
- All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV
- Anchor lines — Anchor chains; Anchors; Chain stoppers; Mooring lines
- Anchor retrievers — Anchor release hooks
- Anchor rollers — Electric windlasses; Hand capstans; Hydraulic capstans; Hydraulic windlasses (see all 5 examples)
- Animal calls — Game calls
- Animal catching devices — Noose poles
- Archery arm guards — Bow hunting arm guards
- Archery arrows — Crossbow broadheads; Hunting arrows; Quivers
- Archery bow strings — Bow stringers; Cocking aids; Mechanical releases; String silencers
- Archery bows — Arrow rests; Bow stabilizers; Longbows; Recurve bows (see all 7 examples)
- Archery gloves — Bow hunting gloves; Finger tabs; Hand guards
- Assistive listening devices — Hearing enhancement aids
- Axes — Camp axes; Tactical axes; Throwing axes
- Bench vises — Bow presses; Gun vises
- Binoculars — Hunting binoculars
- Blocks or pulleys — Longline blocks; Snatch blocks; Trolling blocks; Wood shell blocks (see all 5 examples)
- Boathooks — Boat hooks
- Borescope inspection equipment — Bore lights; Rifle borescopes
- Calipers — Reloading calipers
- Camera tripods — Viewing equipment tripods
- Carts — Game carts; Game sleds
- Chest freezers — Bait freezers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cleaning brushes — Bore swabs
- Clock timers — Hook timers
- Commercial fish hooks — Commercial fish or shark hooks; Dehookers; Gaffs; Harpoons (see all 5 examples)
- Commercial fishing floats — Acorn buoys; Bullet buoys; Radio buoys; Toggles (see all 6 examples)
- Commercial fishing line tackle — Dogbones; Float lines; Thimbles; Trotlines (see all 9 examples)
- Commercial fishing nets — Dip nets; Gill nets; Trammel nets; Triplex trawls (see all 23 examples)
- Commercial fishing reels — Downriggers; Electric bottom-fishing reels; Longline haulers; Longline spools (see all 7 examples)
- Commercial sinkers or weights — Commercial fishing line sinkers; Planers
- Commercial use cutlery — Bone saws; Boning knives
- Compressed air gun — Pneumatic hog ring tools
- Deburring tool — Arrow squaring devices
- Dewatering pumps — Bilge pumping systems
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Bow cameras
- Dinghies — Fishing dinghies
- Direction finding compasses — Magnetic compasses
- Diving instruments or accessories — Scuba diving equipment
- Drain or pipe cleaning equipment — Pipe cleaners
- Dredgers — Fishing dredges
- Electronic charts or maps or atlases — Garmin Topo U.S. 100K; HuntingSouth HuntSmart
- Electronic counters — Hook counters
- Farmers own file — Hook files
- Fertilizer spreaders or distributors — Wildlife food plot spreaders
- Fire extinguishers — Marine fire extinguishers
- Fishing boats — Gillnetters; Large decked fishing vessels; Trollers; Undecked fishing vessels (see all 7 examples)
- Fishing lures — Fish magnets
- Fishing net haulers — Line haulers; Net haulers; Pot haulers; Shrimp winches
- Fishing rods — Fishing poles
- Flares — Distress flares
- Flashlight — Hunting flashlights
- Flat nose pliers — Hunting pliers
- Force or torque sensors — Trigger pull gauges
- Funnels — Reloading powder funnels
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Handheld global positioning system receivers GPS
- Goggles — Hunting goggles
- Gun barrel — Choke tubes
- Gun cases — Holsters; Hunting gun cases
- Handguns — Break-action pistols; Double-action revolvers; Hunting handguns; Single-action revolvers
- Hard hats — Marine hard hats
- Hatchets — Hunting hatchets
- Hoists — Cable hoists; Gambrels; Gypsy hoists
- Hydraulic hand crimp tool — Hand crimpers
- Infrared imagers — Heatseekers; Infrared game cameras
- Instrument tripods — Bipods; Shooting sticks
- Insulated or flotation suits — Immersion suits
- J hooks — J-hook tools
- Knife blades — Caper knives; Fixed blade knives; Fixed-blade knives; Fleshing knives
- Laser measuring systems — Laser sights
- Leather straps — Game straps
- Life rings — Life throw rings
- Life vests or preservers — Fishing life preservers; Personal floatation devices
- Lifeboats or liferafts — Commercial fishing vessel lifeboats; Inflatable life rafts
- Lifelines or lifeline equipment — Climbing straps
- Lifting cables — Haul lines
- Light enhancing cameras or vision devices — Night vision binoculars; Night vision goggles; Night vision scopes
- Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Hunting trucks
- Lighters — Fire starters
- Lighting pole or post and hardware — Propane lanterns
- Machetes — Hunting machetes
- Magnifiers — Monoculars
- Marine craft communications systems — Satellite radios; Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Marine fenders — Foam-filled marine fenders; Pneumatic marine fenders
- Marine rudders — Drogues
- Marine signaling systems — Distress flags
- Metallic mirrors — Signal mirrors
- Micrometers — Bullet micrometers
- Mining headlamp — Headlamps
- Mobile medical services first aid blankets — Space blankets
- Mobile medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits; Marine first aid equipment
- Needlenose pliers — Fishing pliers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Paddles — Duck boat paddles
- Parts of guns or pistols — Ammunition magazines; Cappers; Reloading presses; Trigger locks (see all 7 examples)
- Personal computers
- Pet grooming products — Fur combs
- Phone headsets — Radio headsets
- Picks — Nipple picks
- Pisciculture supplies — Fish transfer pumps
- Pocket knives — Folding knives; Survival pocket knives
- Post hole digger — Stake pullers
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Net cleaning machines
- Protective knee pads — Hunting knee pads
- Protective pants — Hunting waders
- Pull spring balances — Digital spring balance scales; Game scales
- Pullers — Arrow pullers; Arrow straighteners; Bullet pullers; Patch pullers (see all 5 examples)
- Radar reflectors — Marine radar reflectors
- Radarbased surveillance systems — Marine radar navigation systems
- Radio navigation instruments — Emergency position-indicating radio beacons; Radio direction finders RDF
- Radios — Weather alert radios
- Rangefinders — Digital laser rangefinders
- Recreational motorboats — Hunting boats
- Recreational rowboats — Fishing rowboats
- Respirators — Half-face respirators
- Restraint vests and jackets — Safety vests
- Safety glasses — Shooting glasses
- Safety harnesses or belts — Hunting safety harnesses
- Safety horns — Air horns
- Safety vests — Hunting vests
- Saws — Folding saws; Hand saws; Pack saws
- Screw hooks — Tree steps
- Screwdrivers — Gunsmith screwdrivers
- Sextants — Marine sextants
- Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Arrow sharpeners; Knife sharpeners
- Shears — Bone crushers; Fishing scissors; Game shears; Ratchet shears
- Shovels — Ice shovels
- Sifters — Dirt sifters
- Skis — Cross country skis; Snowshoes
- Slings — Wrist slings
- Snowmobiles or snow scooter — Hunting snowmobiles
- Sonars — Fathometer sonar equipment; Fish finders; Multibeam sonar equipment; Searchlight sonars
- Specialty wrenches — Broadhead wrenches; Choke tube wrenches; Nipple wrenches; Priming tools
- Sporting decoys — Dog training dummies; Hunting decoys
- Sporting rifles — Black powder pistols; Black powder revolvers; Pump action rifles; Semi-automatic rifles (see all 8 examples)
- Sporting shotguns — Hunting shotguns
- Sporting traps — Bodygrip traps; Snares; Tunnel traps; Weir traps (see all 22 examples)
- Still cameras — Trail cameras
- Storm lights — Spotlights
- Stripping tools — Arrow stripping tools
- Strobe or warning lights — Strobe lights
- Tablet computers
- Tag guns — Fish tag guns
- Telescopes — Muzzleloader scopes; Rifle scopes; Shotgun scopes; Spotting scopes
- Tents — Blinds
- Threading taps — Thread cleaning tools
- Tongs — Crab tongs; Trap setters; Trap setting tongs
- Trapshooting equipment — Dog training dummy launchers
- Trawlers — Seiners
- Trowels — Hand trowels
- Tumblers or polishers — Case tumblers
- Two way radios — Hand-held radios
- Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Sonic cleaners
- Utility knives — Fishing utility knives; Hunting utility knives; Skinning knives
- Water purification equipment — Water purifiers
- Winches — Deck winches
- Wire brushes — Bronze brushes; Chamber brushes
- Wire cutters — Wire rope cutters
- Wire lug crimping tool — Bench-mounted crimpers
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
- Workshop cranes — Knuckle-boom cranes
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Detailed Work Activities
- Locate animals for fishing or hunting purposes.
- Obtain documentation to authorize activities.
- Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
- Navigate water vessels.
- Remove skin or other body parts from animals.
- Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.
- Position animal trapping or capture equipment.
- Capture or kill animals.
- Sort forestry or agricultural materials.
- Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
- Communicate safety or hazard information to others.
- Obtain written authorization to perform activities.
- Attach equipment extensions or accessories.
- Protect wildlife or natural areas.
- Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
- Train workers in farming, forestry, or hunting techniques.
- Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment.
- Coordinate resource procurement activities.
- Direct activities of agricultural, forestry, or fishery employees.
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
- Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
- Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
- Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
- Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
- Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
- Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
- Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?
- Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
- Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
- Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
- Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
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|Education||Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.|
|Related Experience||Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include food preparation workers, dishwashers, sewing machine operators, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, logging equipment operators, and baristas.|
|SVP Range||(Below 4.0)|
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- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
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Wages & Employment Trends
Median wage data for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations.
|Median wages (2020)||$14.27 hourly, $29,670 annual|
|Employment (2020)||32,300 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Faster than average (10% to 15%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||5,300|
|Top industries (2020)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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