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Fishing and Hunting Workers

Fishing and Hunting Workers

Fishing and Hunting Workers


Main Topic: Human Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society

Overview: Fishing and Hunting Workers locate, catch, and trap different types of animals for consumption (by humans or other animals), and other uses. Whether on land or sea, they use different types of locating equipment to find animals. Fishers typically work on vessels, which requires navigational skills and understanding of water resources (both marine and fresh). Hunters and trappers must also have navigation skills, including GPS devices, and the correct use of compasses. An understanding of landscapes, habitats, and even climate will greatly assist them in their jobs. Animal species typically prefer very specific combinations of climate, vegetation, and available resources for them to thrive, so in turn, fishing and hunting workers should know the locations that the species they are tracking prefer to dwell, and where they might migrate to in different seasons.

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Environmental Geographers

Recommended College Courses:  Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Research Methods in Geography, Climatology, Global Environmental Change, Natural Resource Use and Management, Oceanography, Water Resources, Cultural and Political Ecology, Field Methods, Environmental Management, Conservation Leadership

Skills: Map reading and interpretation, Geospatial Technologies and Skills, Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Geography of a Specific Region

Occupation Group: Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

Learn more about Fishing and Hunting Workers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/farming-fishing-and-forestry/fishers-and-related-fishing-workers.htm#tab-2

Written by Ally Schlandt


Fishing and hunting workers catch and trap various types of animal life.
Fishing and hunting workers catch and trap various types of animal life.