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- Buy, prepare and sell fish and other seafood in a shop, supermarket or market
- You'll need good knowledge of your products and cooking techniques
- Progress into management roles, running your own business or becoming a chef
As a fishmonger, you'll sell fish and seafood products, and help customers with the best way to prepare them.
- Taking deliveries from suppliers
- Moving stock to and from cold storage areas
- Setting out produce in display cabinets
- Advising customers about different types of fish and cooking methods
- Preparing orders for shop customers and restaurants
- Taking payments
- Keeping work areas clean
- Ordering stock from wholesalers
You'll start early if you're picking up stock from wholesalers. You'll work in a shop, supermarket, or on a market stall, and you may need to wear safety clothing.
To be a fishmonger, you'll need knowledge of food production methods, thoroughness and attention to detail, knowledge of manufacturing production and processes, the ability to work well with your hands, knowledge of maths, the ability to work well with others, good initiative, and the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools.
There are no set requirements, so you can apply directly, although a good standard of general education, including maths and English, may be useful.
You can get into this job through college courses such as Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills or a general retail course.
You can also become a fishmonger through a fishmonger intermediate apprenticeship.
Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this on the job.
Previous retail or customer service experience may be useful, but not essential.
With experience and training you could become an assistant manager in a supermarket, a seafood chef or set up your own business. You could also move into seafood wholesaling, supplying shops and restaurants.