Marine Engineers

General Information


Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit58.33%
  2. Federal government34.14%
  3. State and local government3.21%
  4. Private, not for profit2.32%
  5. Self-employed1.99%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Job Outlook

Employment of marine engineers and naval architects is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The need to design environmentally friendly ships and systems to transport energy products, such as liquefied natural gas, across the globe will help to spur employment growth for this occupation, although sometimes on ships sailing under foreign flags. Employment of marine engineers and naval architects also will be supported by the need to modify existing ships and their systems because of new emissions and pollution regulations on cargo shipping. Moreover, marine engineers who design and maintain offshore oil rigs are expected to remain in demand as companies seek and drill for oil and gas deposits in the ocean floor.

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Average Salary



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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 78%
  • Master's degree 8%
  • High school 4%
  • Some college 4%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Design
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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