Job prospects Fish Plant Worker in Newfoundland and Labrador

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "fish plant worker" in Newfoundland and Labrador or Canada.

Job opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Fish and seafood plant workers (NOC 9463) in Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

While the forecast shows growth in this occupation, it mainly represents a rebound from the downturn in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prospects for this occupation can vary by plant and community. The number of fish plants in the province has stabilized after years of decline. Most plants are located in rural areas of the province and operate seasonally, with a base of workers who return each year. In general, employment prospects have been improving in recent years as people retire, with many operations striving to attract younger workers.

Here are some key facts about Fish and seafood plant workers in Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • Approximately 500 people work in this occupation.
  • Fish and seafood plant workers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (NAICS 311, 312): 93%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 82% compared to 84% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 18% compared to 16% for all occupations
  • less than 5% of fish and seafood plant workers are self-employed compared to an average of 6% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 46% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 54% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 47% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 34% compared to 25% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 7% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 11% compared to 30% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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