Lobster Fisherman

Haul up tasty, red crustaceans for seafood stores and restaurants.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Lobster Fishermen do?

Setting sail on the open seas, Lobster Fishermen work on small boats in relatively shallow waters to catch lobsters for your dining pleasure. Falling within the larger category of Commercial Fishermen, a Lobster Fisherman is responsible for nearly all aspects of the fishing operation. Each day is different from the last and the weather can be treacherous, but the excitement and payday keep you motivated.

When you’re a Lobster Fisherman, your physical strength and stamina are put to the test daily as you haul lobster traps into the boat. Even though modern technology makes lobster fishing a bit easier, according to the Lobster Institute, the majority of lobster fishing is completed in much the same way as it was centuries ago: by hand. Each lobster trap weighs approximately 40 pounds when empty, meaning your muscles are put to the test repeatedly as you haul them, hopefully full of lobster.

Patience is a virtue, and as a Lobster Fisherman, you’re certainly required to be patient. There’s a reason for the joke amongst Fishermen that goes, “It’s called fishing, not catching.” As you lift the equipment in and out of the boat, and wait for lobsters, you may be required to maintain other pieces of equipment, such as ropes, cables, baiting gear, and other items. After the lobster traps are baited and have soaked in the water for up to five days, you then begin the rest of the duties of a Lobster Fisherman.

Once the lobsters are out of the water and on the table, you’re responsible for sorting keepers from throwbacks. The boat’s owner and Captain must follow all fishing regulations or face hefty penalties, but you must understand them as well. You must know what to look for to determine if the lobster can be kept, making your quick decision-making skills essential.


Should I be a Lobster Fisherman?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Fisher, Lobster, Lobster Catcher, Lobsterman, Lobster Man, Oyster Fisherman, Sternman

    How to become a Lobster Fisherman

    Most Lobster Fishermen 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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