Job Title

Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

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Minimum Education Level: Post-Secondary Non-Degree Award
Percent of Total Jobs in Industry: 10.2%
Employed in Industry Group: 2570
Change (Over 10 Years): 333

Job Description

transportation and logistics & captain command mate pilot ship vessel boat water

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats; these occupations require a license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.


WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?

FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS:

  • Customer-service skills: Many motorboat operators interact with passengers and must ensure that the passengers have a pleasant experience.
  • Hand-eye coordination: Officers and pilots who steer ships have to operate various controls while staying aware of their surroundings.
  • Manual dexterity: Crewmembers need good balance to maneuver through tight spaces and on wet or uneven surfaces.
  • Mechanical skills: Members of the engine department keep complex machines working properly.
  • Physical strength: Sailors on freight ships load and unload cargo. While away at sea, most workers have to do some heavy lifting.
  • Visual and Hearing abilities: Mariners must pass vision and hearing tests to get an MMC.

TRAINING:

Education and training requirements vary with the type of job. There are no educational requirements for entry-level sailors and marine oilers, but other types of water transportation workers typically complete U.S. Coast Guard-approved training programs.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?

  • You are very physically in-shape.
  • You enjoy being at sea for extended periods of time.
  • You are very good at maintaining order and adhering to safety rules.

WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING