Ship and Boat Captains

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About the Job

Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.

It is also Called

  • Yacht Master
  • Yacht Captain
  • Water Vessel Captain
  • Vessel Master
  • Vessel Captain
  • Tugboat Operator
  • Tugboat Captain
  • Tug Captain
  • Tug Boat Captain
  • Towboat Captain
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What They Do

  • Interview and hire crew members.
  • Assign watches or living quarters to crew members.
  • Sort logs, form log booms, or salvage lost logs.
  • Resolve questions or problems with customs officials.
  • Collect fares from customers or signal ferryboat helpers to collect fares.
  • Perform various marine duties, such as checking for oil spills or other pollutants around ports or harbors or patrolling beaches.
  • Tow and maneuver barges or signal tugboats to tow barges to destinations.
  • Purchase supplies or equipment.
  • Arrange for ships to be fueled, restocked with supplies, or repaired.
  • Direct or coordinate crew members or workers performing activities such as loading or unloading cargo, steering vessels, operating engines, or operating, maintaining, or repairing ship equipment.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ER.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $73,680 with most people making between $35,920 and $120,570

Outlook

0.44%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 450 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 470 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about 18 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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