How to become a Seafood Processor

Seafood processors scale, clean, fillet, cut, shell, grade and pack seafood for sale or supply using knives, scalers and power equipment.

Personal requirements of a Seafood Processor

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • free from skin diseases or chest complaints
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to do quick and accurate work with hands
  • able to work as part of a team
  • safety-conscious.

Duties & Tasks of a Seafood Processor

Seafood processors: • inspect seafood on conveyors and sort for size and quality • fillet and trim fish • scrape skin and pick blood and other waste from pre-cooked seafood • grade and pack fish for live markets • shuck and process shellfish • pack seafood for transport • maintain temperature of seafood using a range of refrigeration devices • operate machines that fillet, portion, slice, peel, skin, weigh or label seafood • clean and sanitise equipment and work areas • adhere to requirements for food handling and safety practices.

Working conditions for a Seafood Processor

Seafood processors work in a cool and wet environment and may be required to stand for most of the day. Protective clothing, including gloves, must be worn. Seafood processors must adhere to strict hygiene conditions. They are often required to start early in the morning to prepare seafood for the local markets or for export to other countries.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:


NSW NSW 33.3%

NT NT 0.2%

QLD QLD 20.7%

SA SA 7.1%

TAS TAS 4.3%

VIC VIC 25.9%

WA WA 8.4%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 66.3%

Female 33.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 13.4%

Not completed Year 12: 33.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 32.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 8.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 6.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 6.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 6.5%

20-24 - 10.5%

25-34 - 29.2%

35-44 - 27.5%

45-54 - 17.2%

55-59 - 3.2%

60-64 - 4%

65 and Over - 1.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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