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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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 decline 2 percent from 2018 to 2028. 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. In addition, larger vessels that can carry more cargo require fewer water transportation workers. 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.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$71,130

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%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

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