Ship Engineers

General Information

Description

Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit68.83%
  2. Federal government22.94%
  3. State and local government4.23%
  4. Self-employed2.57%
  5. Private, not for profit1.34%

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

  • Support Activities for Water Transportation
  • Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Overall employment of water transportation workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Domestic waterways employment is expected to grow due to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Marine Highways initiatives to develop and expand freight and passenger water transportation. Increased U.S. oil and natural gas production also is expected to create jobs, especially on the vessels that support offshore oil platforms. Fluctuations in the demand for bulk commodities, such as petroleum products, iron ore, and grains, is a key factor influencing waterborne employment. When demand for these commodities is high, the need for water transportation workers goes up; when demand slows, so does the need for workers. The use of larger vessels that can carry more cargo may also limit employment growth. Nevertheless, these workers will continue to be needed as federal laws and subsidies ensure that there always will be a fleet of merchant ships with U.S. flags. Keeping a fleet of merchant ships is considered important for the nation’s defense. Riverboat cruises have gained in popularity, and this trend may lead to more opportunities for workers on inland rivers such as the Mississippi or Ohio River. However, most oceangoing cruise ships go to international destinations, and these ships generally do not employ U.S. workers. Demand for motorboat operators will be driven by growth in tourism and recreational activities, where they are primarily employed.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$78,120

Military salary*

$78,226

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State-by-state Salary

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$109,110
$58,590
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 49%
  • High school 33%
  • Some college 15%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • 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%

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Administration and Management
  • Transportation
  • Customer and Personal Service

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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