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Aquacultural Managers
SOC Code: 11-9013.03

Direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.

Sample of reported job titles: Aquaculture Cooperative Marketing Director, Aquaculture Director, Aquaculture Program Director, Facility Operations Manager, Farm Operations Technical Director, Fish Hatchery Manager, Hatchery Manager, Hatchery Supervisor, Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Specialist, Shellfish Manager

Tasks

  • Grow fish and shellfish as cash crops or for release into freshwater or saltwater.
  • Monitor environments to ensure maintenance of optimum conditions for aquatic life.
  • Supervise and train aquaculture and fish hatchery support workers.
  • Determine, administer, and execute policies relating to operations administration and standards, and facility maintenance.
  • Collect and record growth, production, and environmental data.
  • Direct and monitor trapping and spawning of fish, egg incubation, and fry rearing, applying knowledge of management and fish culturing techniques.
  • Direct and monitor the transfer of mature fish to lakes, ponds, streams, or commercial tanks.
  • Account for and disburse funds.
  • Determine how to allocate resources and to respond to unanticipated problems, such as insect infestation, drought, and fire.
  • Conduct and supervise stock examinations to identify diseases or parasites.
  • Devise and participate in activities to improve fish hatching and growth rates, and to prevent disease in hatcheries.
  • Prepare reports required by state and federal laws.
  • Identify environmental requirements of a particular species, and select and oversee the preparation of sites for species cultivation.
  • Operate and maintain cultivating and harvesting equipment.
  • Confer with biologists, fish pathologists, and other fishery personnel to obtain data concerning fish habits, diseases, food, and environmental requirements.
  • Coordinate the selection and maintenance of brood stock.
  • Collect information regarding techniques for fish collection and fertilization, spawn incubation, and treatment of spawn and fry.
  • Design and construct pens, floating stations, and collector strings or fences for sea farms.
  • Scuba dive to inspect sea farm operations.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Statistical analysis software
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Staff scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software ; Fish stocking databases; Hatchery database systems; Microsoft Access
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - AquaSoft Farm Manager
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Time accounting software - Time reporting software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers - Multipurpose pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Agricultural tractors - Multipurpose tractors
  • Air compressors - Air compression equipment
  • Air pumps - Aeration pumps
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors - Temperature monitors
  • Biological filter media - Biological filters
  • Blow torch - Propane torches
  • Cages or its accessories - Fish holding pens
  • Centrifugal pumps - Centrifugal water pumps
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Commercial fishing nets - Dip nets; Fry nets
  • Commercial fishing reels - Seine reels
  • Dissolved oxygen meters - Handheld dissolved oxygen meters
  • Electronic counters - Fish counters
  • Flowmeters - Digital flowmeters
  • Forklifts - Utility forklifts
  • Gas generators - Gas-powered generators
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Lawnmowers - Power mowers
  • Marine hatchery equipment - Aquaculture tanks; Cage nets; Fish transfer pumps; Fish traps (see all 12 examples)
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Ozone water treatment equipment - Ozone generators
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters - pH probes
  • Pipe or tube cutter - Tubing cutters
  • Pipe wrench or stillson wrench - Pipe wrenches
  • Pneumatic nail puller - Power nail pullers
  • Power drills - Cordless power drills
  • Power nail guns
  • Power saws - Portable power saws
  • Protective gloves - Safety gloves
  • Round file - Round metal files
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Squares - Layout squares
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Turbine pumps - Turbine water pumps
  • Ultraviolet disinfection equipment - Ultraviolet light UV water disinfection systems
  • Utility knives
  • Water analyzers - Water test kits
  • Water filters - Screen filters
  • Water meters - Water level monitors
  • Water trucks - Tanker trucks
  • Wood chisels - Woodworking chisels

Knowledge

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Skills

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: ERC
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 75% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Contact With Others - 45% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 50% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 55% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 35% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 40% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 40% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 45% responded “Important results.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 35% responded “Important.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 30% responded “Important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Letters and Memos - 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 35% responded “About half the time.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 45% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Consequence of Error - 30% responded “Very serious.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 35% responded “About half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 25% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 40% responded “Important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 40% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
42%Bachelor's degree
26%High school diploma or equivalent
16%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $33.47 hourly, $69,620 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 1,029,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 74,300

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