Ship and Boat Captains
SOC: 53-5021.01

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
35,100 employed

Projected (2024):
38,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Barge Captain
  • Barge Master
  • Boat Captain
  • Boat Master
  • Boat Operator
  • Boatswain
  • Canal Boat Captain
  • Canal Boat Operator
  • Captain
  • Charter Boat Captain
  • Deck Officer
  • Deep Submergence Vehicle Operator
  • Derrick Boat Captain
  • Dock Master
  • Dredge Captain
  • Ferry Boat Captain
  • Ferry Captain
  • Ferry Terminal Supervisor
  • Ferryboat Captain
  • Ferryboat Operator
  • Fishing Vessel Captain
  • Harbor Tug Captain
  • Lighter Captain
  • Marine Superintendent
  • Master
  • Master Mariner
  • Navigation Officer
  • Navigator
  • Oil Tanker Captain
  • Passenger Barge Master
  • Relief Captain
  • River Captain
  • Riverboat Master
  • Sailing Master
  • Scow Captain
  • Sea Captain
  • Ship Captain
  • Ship Master
  • Shipmaster
  • Shrimp Boat Captain
  • Sling Operator
  • Sloop Captain
  • Steamboat Captain
  • Tow Boat Captain
  • Towboat Captain
  • Tug Boat Captain
  • Tug Captain
  • Tugboat Captain
  • Tugboat Operator
  • Vessel Captain
  • Vessel Master
  • Water Vessel Captain
  • Yacht Captain
  • Yacht Master


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.
  • Compute positions, set courses, and determine speeds, using charts, area plotting sheets, compasses, sextants, and knowledge of local conditions.
  • Inspect vessels to ensure efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment and conformance to regulations.
  • Measure depths of water, using depth-measuring equipment.
  • 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.
  • Monitor the loading or discharging of cargo or passengers.
  • Calculate sightings of land, using electronic sounding devices and following contour lines on charts.
  • Signal passing vessels, using whistles, flashing lights, flags, or radios.
  • Maintain boats or equipment on board, such as engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers, or life preservers.
  • Signal crew members or deckhands to rig tow lines, open or close gates or ramps, or pull guard chains across entries.
  • Read gauges to verify sufficient levels of hydraulic fluid, air pressure, or oxygen.
  • Maintain records of daily activities, personnel reports, ship positions and movements, ports of call, weather and sea conditions, pollution control efforts, or cargo or passenger status.
  • Arrange for ships to be fueled, restocked with supplies, or repaired.
  • Assign watches or living quarters to crew members.
  • Purchase supplies or equipment.
  • Tow and maneuver barges or signal tugboats to tow barges to destinations.
  • Perform various marine duties, such as checking for oil spills or other pollutants around ports or harbors or patrolling beaches.
  • Collect fares from customers or signal ferryboat helpers to collect fares.
  • Sort logs, form log booms, or salvage lost logs.
  • Resolve questions or problems with customs officials.
  • Interview and hire crew members.
  • Dock or undock vessels, sometimes maneuvering through narrow spaces, such as locks.
  • Adjust navigation according to weather conditions.
  • Conduct safety drills with crew.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic radar plotting aids ARPA
  • Bolt cutters
  • Bridge to bridge radiotelephones
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishing systems
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 flooding systems
  • Cargo derricks
  • Centrifugal cargo pumps
  • Claw hammers
  • Container lift trucks
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential global positioning systems DGPS
  • Dividers
  • Drafting triangles
  • Dynamic positioning DP systems
  • Echo sounders
  • Electric deck cranes
  • Electric telegraphs
  • Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
  • Emergency fire pumps
  • Emergency generators
  • Fathometer sonar equipment
  • Fire alarm switches
  • Firefighting suits
  • First aid kits
  • Foam fire extinguishing systems
  • Gear pumps
  • Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
  • Global positioning systems GPS
  • Grabbing cranes
  • Gyrocompasses
  • Hand punches
  • High frequency HF radiotelephone systems
  • Hydraulic deck cranes
  • Immersion suits
  • Integrated bridge systems
  • Life buoys
  • Life rafts
  • Life vests
  • Lifeboat davits
  • Lifting slings
  • Lifting spreaders
  • Line throwing appliances
  • Locking jaw pliers
  • Long range navigation LORAN systems
  • Magnet hoists
  • Magnetic compasses
  • Mechanical telegraphs
  • Mooring winches
  • Navigational compasses
  • Parallel plotters
  • Parallel rules
  • Personal computers
  • Pilot ladders
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Portable carbon dioxide fire extinguishers
  • Portable dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • Portable water fire extinguishers
  • Pyrotechnic distress signals
  • Radio direction finders RDF
  • Rescue slings
  • Respirators
  • Rotary displacement pumps
  • Safety belts
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety helmets
  • Safety lanyards
  • Screw displacement pumps
  • Semaphores
  • Sextants
  • Sharpening steels
  • Ship alarm systems
  • Ship's whistles
  • Signal flags
  • Signal light controls
  • Sounding rods
  • Spanner wrenches
  • Steering control systems
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Thermal protective aids TPA
  • Totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft TEMPSC
  • Ultra high frequency UHF radiotelephone systems
  • Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
  • Voice pipes
  • Voyage management systems VMS
  • Workshop vises
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
  • KNMI TurboWin
  • Log book software
  • Maptech The CAPN
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software


  • transportation and material moving


    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160