Many young Tasmanians are deeply anxious about their futures, job prospects and having to leave the state for work.
That is according to demographer Lisa Denny, who recently completed a report about young Tasmanians' career aspirations.
Dr Denny also found young Tasmanians tended to be deeply anxious about the competition for jobs, insecure work, rising cost of living and a lack of "good" jobs.
She said young people particularly feared being stuck in a job which they were not interested in or passionate about but had to do to pay their bills.
The report, titled The Next Generation, was done for the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council as part of a workforce plan for the industry.
Dr Denny found there was a large disconnect between the next generation's aspirations and workforce needs and expectations.
"Labour market signals are failing to reach young people during the years of making education choices," she wrote.
"Choices are instead informed by occupational aspirations, from an age as young as primary school.
"This is in part due to pressure to conform from parents and teachers, particularly in relation to known career paths that are familiar to previous generations."
Dr Denny found young Tasmanians were unclear about TAFE and VET-related pathways due to parental and education provider stigma and out of date information.
She said only 11.7 per cent of young Tasmanians planned to go to TAFE and 11.3 per cent planned to get an apprenticeship.
"These numbers are alarmingly low considering the needs for seafood workers with these skills," she wrote.
She recommended Tasmania increase workplace engagement with young people to help share realistic aspirations about REAL jobs (her emphasis).
Dr Denny recommended schools and TasTAFE deliver contemporary content and have a real understanding of current and future career prospects.
She also stressed that the environment and sustainability featured strongly in young Tasmanians' career aspirations.
Meanwhile, employers should prepare for future mental health challenges and mental health support for staff, especially in regional areas.
Dr Denny suggested the seafood industry develop a strategy which would inspire young people to be the next generation of seafood industry workers and would appeal to their passions, interests and concerns.
" ... young people are becoming more active and engaged with broader environmental and social issues, which is both a threat and an opportunity to attract young people to work in the seafood industry in Tasmania," she wrote.
"There must be a concerted effort to tackle the aspiration-reality disconnect and provide support and pathways through the education and training system, in conjunction with the overall perception of the seafood industry."