How to become an Aquaculture Technician

Aquaculture technicians are involved in freshwater and marine farming and hatchery management, as well as research into farmed species. They can be involved in equipment design, site development and research, and the harvesting, processing and shipment of products.

Personal requirements of a Aquaculture Technician

  • A practical approach to work
  • Enjoy science
  • Good observational skills
  • Enjoy outdoor work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Aptitude for working with computers

Education & Training for a Aquaculture Technician

To become an aquaculture technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification in aquaculture. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an aquaculture technician through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Aquaculture Technician

Aquaculture technicians:

  • breed and raise marine organisms such as fish, eels, crustaceans, shellfish, pearl-producing shellfish, algae, crocodiles and turtles in artificial conditions
  • identify common diseases in fish and shellfish, and take the necessary steps to prevent problems that may occur in intensive farming
  • assist with experiments relating to nutrition or methods of controlling predators, parasites and other disease-causing organisms
  • monitor the environment using oxygen meters, salinity meters, pH (acidity) meters and water chemistry analysis kits
  • maintain live feed and algae cultures
  • keep records of breeding, production and treatment programs
  • develop and implement systems of profitable farm management.

Working conditions for a Aquaculture Technician

Aquaculture technicians work outdoors in all kinds of weather. They may also work in a hatchery or laboratory. The work can be located in isolated areas and heavy lifting may be required. Shiftwork is common, including on weekends and public holidays.

Employment Opportunities for a Aquaculture Technician

Aquaculture technicians can be employed in a range of positions, including as a fish farm worker, fish farm nutritionist and hatchery or pond technologist. They may work as owner-managers of aquaculture farms or find employment with state and territory fishery authorities, tertiary institutions, industrial organisations, private hatcheries and fish farms or research organisations such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 16.2%

NT 1.4%

QLD 16.4%

SA 14.2%

TAS 40.2%

VIC 7.7%

WA 3.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 86%

Female 14%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 19.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 27.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 6.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 8.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

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

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