Retail & Consumer Products

Fishmonger

Fishmongers process and prepare fish and seafood for sale through individual shops, supermarkets or fish markets.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Fishmonger do?

Fishmongers process and prepare fish and seafood for sale through individual shops, supermarkets or fish markets.

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Work activities

As a fishmonger, you would:

  • buy, order and control stock
  • receive deliveries and check their contents and hygiene
  • gut, clean and fillet fish
  • prepare product displays
  • serve customers at the counter
  • advise customers on how to prepare and cook fish and seafood
  • maintain strict standards on correct storage of fish and seafood
  • clean work surfaces and tools regularly.
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Key skills and interests

To become a fishmonger, you would need:

  • good practical skills
  • a high standard of personal cleanliness
  • the ability to work well in a team
  • good communication and customer service skills
  • in-depth knowledge of types of fish and other seafoods
  • good visual sense for counter and window displays.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work a standard number of hours during the week, which may include early mornings. You would also usually work for some time on weekends, with time off during the week. If you run your own retail store, you may work longer hours.

Conditions

You could work in a supermarket, specialty seafood retail store, or in the retail area of a fish market. You would spend much of the day on your feet and you may need to lift and carry heavy trays. You would wear protective clothing when handling fish, to comply with hygiene standards.

You may work in cool rooms for short periods.

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How to become an Fishmonger?

Entry Level Education

You can become a fishmonger without formal qualifications. You would receive some on the job training in handling, cutting and preparing seafood products, as well as the retail skills you require to serve customers.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

The outlook for job opportunities in retail for all sorts of products, including fish and seafood, is expected to remain reasonably stable.

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