Learn about the types of people who become commercial fishermen. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

59% of commercial fishermen work in full-time roles while 41% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a commercial fisherman. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming commercial fishermen at a ratio of 4.72 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

17% of commercial fishermen are female and 83% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a commercial fisherman and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a commercial fisherman and those who end up becoming one.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of commercial fishermen are White, making up 74% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and South Asian, making up 13% and 4% respectively.