Fish farming technician - Salary and Career
Aquaculture Technicians

Fish farming technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They organize the reproduction of aquatic animals, such as fish, shrimp, mussels, oysters and frogs, among others, collect breeding material, control animal health and predation, monitor water quality, feed, capture and benefit aquatic animals from ponds, tanks and marine farms. They provide technical assistance and help in the elaboration of projects, guiding the construction of facilities in aquaculture farms and a system for raising aquatic animals. They can teach courses.

How much does an Fish farming technician earn

A Fish farming technician earns between $1.151 and $3.572 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.804 and a median salary of $1.600 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 104 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Fish farming technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.804 21.651 451 8
1º Quartile 1.151 13.815 288 5
Median Salary 1.600 19.200 400 7
3º Quartile 2.724 32.687 681 13
Higher Salary 3.572 42.860 893 16


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • agricultural production technicians
        • aquaculture technicians

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Main workplaces

Aquaculture Technicians they work in fish, crustacean and mollusc farms owned by private companies, in research and rural extension agencies, in fishing companies and related activities. They are salaried or self-employed under occasional supervision. They work as a team, in the open and during the day. Eventually, they are exposed to toxic materials, loud noise, animal attacks and the weather.


What does it take to work in the field of Aquaculture Technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a high school technical course in one of the following qualifications: agricultural or livestock technician, with a specialization in aquaculture or, more recently, technician in fish farming or aquaculture, with the introduction of these courses in some agrotechnical schools in the country. The full exercise of the activities occurs after one to two years of experience in the specialized breeding in which they work.


Functions and activities of Fish farming technician

Aquaculture Technicians must:

  • prepare nurseries, tanks and farming bays;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • feed aquatic animals;
  • prepare nurseries, tanks and stalls for cultivation;
  • organize reproduction of aquatic animals;
  • control sanity and predation of aquatic animals;
  • collect reproduction material;
  • monitor water quality;
  • prepare nurseries, tanks and farms;
  • preparing nurseries, tanks and pens for cultivation;
  • organize breeding aquatic animals;
  • prepare nurseries, tanks and bays for cultivation;
  • prepare nurseries, tanks, and farming stalls;
  • capture aquatic animals;
  • prepare nurseries, tanks and pens for cultivation;
  • benefit aquatic animals;
  • capture water animals;
  • provide technical assistance;
  • prepare ponds, ponds and pens for cultivation;

  • Activities

    • catch fish and shrimp from ponds and ponds;
    • drain ponds, tanks and pens;
    • calculate feed quantity;
    • inspect extractive activities;
    • fix scarecrows to scare away predators;
    • build structures for mussel fattening;
    • multiply zooplankton;
    • hydrate eggs;
    • install oyster and mussel seed collectors;
    • mixing eggs and semen (fertilization);
    • incubate eggs;
    • bleeding aquatic animals;
    • sanitize incubator;
    • coordinate work team;
    • measure ph of water;
    • clear ponds and ponds;
    • build settling ponds;
    • assemble aeration equipment;
    • measure transparency;
    • catch fish and shrimp with a cast net;
    • prepare feed;
    • distribute feed;
    • fertilize ponds and ponds;
    • slicing fish in steak;
    • count eggs and larvae;
    • sterilize nurseries, tanks and pens;
    • show creativity in the rescue of aquatic creations;
    • killing aquatic animals by heat shock;
    • remove female shrimp eye for spawning (ablation) induction;
    • seal ponds, ponds and pens;
    • make oyster and mussel seed collectors;
    • build a footbath structure;
    • extract oysters and mussels;
    • place screens in ponds, tanks, pens and sluices;
    • place screens in ponds, ponds, stalls and sluices;
    • forward samples for laboratory analysis;
    • fix fishing gear;
    • breed flies;
    • rate aquatic animals;
    • flexible working hours depending on the activity;
    • measure oxygen;
    • assist in the preparation of aquaculture projects;
    • pack aquatic animals;
    • fishing fish and shrimp with net;
    • fillet aquatic animals;
    • distribute feeders;
    • install water purification filter;
    • set feed type;
    • multiply benthic;
    • deliver courses and lectures;
    • apply drugs by immersion;
    • make net, cast net and net;
    • fishing mussels from marine farms (harvest);
    • debug aquatic animals;
    • check shrimp seedling percentage;
    • size water flow;
    • grade pond soil;
    • test degree of maturation of eggs;
    • anesthetize aquatic animals by electric shock;
    • fishing fish with fixed enclosure;
    • supply nurseries, tanks and pens with water;
    • adapt aquaculture materials and equipment;
    • guide aquatic animal breeding system;
    • guide aquatic animal husbandry system;
    • make traps for capturing aquatic animals;
    • create worms;
    • request medication purchases;
    • building a footbath structure;
    • measure transparency;
    • eviscerate aquatic animals;
    • select breeders;
    • package post-larvae in nurseries;
    • collect gametes by thermal shock;
    • perform topographic survey;
    • coordinate the work team;
    • set feeding time;
    • isolate aquatic animals in quarantine;
    • measure breeders and eggs;
    • measure temperature;
    • collect pituitary gland of fish and frog;
    • collect eggs;
    • supervise transport of aquatic animals;
    • collect gametes by scraping;
    • release rockets to scare away predators;
    • freeze aquatic animals;
    • perform visual analysis of aquatic animals;
    • mate breeders;
    • collect larvae from incubators;
    • negotiate for the purchase and sale of aquatic animals;
    • collect post-larvae for sex reversal;
    • perform asepsis of equipment and utensils;
    • add medicines in feed;
    • dissolve medicines in water;
    • check egg and larva development;
    • install water purification filter;
    • fishing fish with hook;
    • seal ponds, ponds and pen sluices;
    • anesthetize aquatic animals by hypothermia (stunning);
    • calculate average weight;
    • grading pond soil;
    • show creativity in rescuing aquatic creations;
    • multiply phytoplankton;
    • grind aquatic animals;
    • add medicines to feed;
    • collect eggs;
    • identify fungi, bacteria and parasites;
    • guide the construction of facilities in aquaculture farms;
    • fishing fish and shrimp with a net;
    • perceiving behavior of aquatic animals;
    • measure level of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate;
    • measure salinity;
    • build structures for oyster fattening;
    • salinate ponds;
    • measure turbidity;
    • take water samples;
    • collect eggs and semen by extrusion;
    • inject drugs and hormones;
    • apply medicines by immersion;


    Sectors that hire Fish farming technician the most in the job market

    • fish breeding in freshwater
    • wholesale of fish and seafood
    • fish fishing in freshwater
    • bringing shrimps in salt and brackish water
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • soybean growing
    • breeding cattle for beef
    • cultures and semi-cultures of aquaculture in salt and brackish water
    • support activities for freshwater fishing
    • building materials retail trade




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