Alternative titles for this job include Fish seller

Fishmongers sell fish and seafood products and advise customers on how to prepare them.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£27,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 45 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become Fishmonger

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could do a college course like food preparation and cookery, which may help you when looking for a job as a trainee.

A certificate in food safety might also be useful.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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You can do a Fishmonger Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

This takes up to 2 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You could start out as a sales assistant and learn from trained members of staff in a fishmonger's shop, or on a fish counter in a supermarket.

Direct Application

There are no set entry requirements if you want to apply directly. A good standard of general education will be helpful, including GCSEs in maths and English at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).

Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this once you start working.

Experience in retail or customer service might also be useful.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in the seafood industry from Seafish.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of food production methods
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you might:

  • take deliveries and move stock to cold storage areas
  • prepare fish and shellfish and set out produce in display cabinets
  • advise customers about different types of fish and cooking methods
  • prepare orders for shop customers and restaurants
  • keep equipment and work areas clean

Working environment

You could work at a store or on a market stall.

Your working environment may be cool.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and training you could:

  • become an assistant manager in a fishmonger's shop or supermarket
  • work as a seafood chef
  • set up your own business

You could also move into seafood wholesaling, supplying shops and restaurants.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Food Safety in Catering

  • Start date: 23 July 2024
  • Location: Bracknell

Diploma in Retail Skills

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Kingsbridge

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