Fish Hatchery Technician

Supervise fish born and bred in an artificial hatchery.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fish Hatchery Technicians do?

Fish hatcheries catch, supervise the reproduction of, and release or sell a broad variety of fish. Fish Hatchery Technicians supervise fish deliveries and direct them into the proper holding tank. When you’re a Fish Hatchery Technician, you’re often required to control heavy equipment. Depending on where you work, you might handle coldwater fish such as trout, warm water fish like bass, or fish listed on the endangered species list.

While the fish are at the hatchery, you keep close tabs on their water tank. It’s your job as a Fish Hatchery Technician to check the water level and temperature, and also perform tests to determine bacteria levels and fish health. In order to track the progress of your efforts, you maintain careful records of fish deaths, diseases, feeding schedules, and offspring produced.

As the eggs hatch and grow into larger fish, you move them to different tanks. When they finally reach a size and age where they can make it on their own, you supervise their transfer to rivers, lakes, or streams.

Hatcheries are often open to the public. Educating the public about fish policies is an effective way to increase fish populations in the area. So part of your job is to answer questions and provide information to visitors. This requires good communication skills and the ability to relate to a variety of people.

In addition to the public, you work with Aquaculture Biologists, performing tests on the water and fish in order to monitor disease, health, and reproduction.


Should I be a Fish Hatchery Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Frog Catcher

    How to become a Fish Hatchery Technician

    Most Fish Hatchery Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9nahaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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