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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Fish Farming

Fish Farming

It can be easy to assume the fish you eat was fished, but increasingly the fish on your plate was farmed. Fish farming, also termed aquaculture, is the activity of raising marine life in enclosures, primarily for use as food.  

Fish farming is a growth area attracting people to work as farm managers, marine biologists, divers and highly skilled operatives who can detect changes in fish and shellfish behaviour and respond appropriately. There is consensus that aquaculture will be the main provider of fish and seafood in the future. 

In Ireland a number of aquatic life forms are farmed, including shellfish, seaweed and fish such as salmon, cod and trout. Ireland has one of the larger aquaculture sectors in the EU, providing a growing number of jobs, especially in coastal areas that previously depended on fishing. 

Fish farms require the collaboration of different professions to function at their best, including farm managers, marine biologists and divers who all perform vital functions. Even general staff will be highly skilled at maintaining the farms environment and observing the behaviour of the fish and shellfish and taking appropriate action.

Two major challenges for fish farmers is looking out for the health of the farm, as diseases can spread quickly and farmed fish need to be kept contained within the farm.

Occupations in Fish Farming
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Fish Farm Worker

Fish farm workers rear fish, to be sold as food, for sport or for ornamental ponds and lakes, in fresh water or the sea.


Buys fish wholesale and hand-prepares it for sale to customers.

Fish Farm Manager

Supervises and manages the running of a fish farm.

Marine Biologist

Studies animal, plant and microscopic life in oceans.

Marine Scientist

Study seas and the way they interact with the Earth and the atmosphere. They use their knowledge to make use of marine resources, and minimise environmental damage.

Fisheries Biologist

Fisheries Biologists study fish, particularly their behaviour, their numbers and how they interact with their environments.