Motorboat Operators
SOC: 53-5022.00

Description:

Operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
4,700 employed

Projected (2024):
5,000 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:

  • Boat Captain
  • Boat Driver
  • Boat Operator
  • Boat Person
  • Boatman
  • Captain
  • Charter Boat Operator
  • Crew Boat Operator
  • Deckhand
  • Deputy Harbormaster
  • Dock Hand
  • Harbor Master
  • Harbormaster
  • Launch Leader
  • Launch Operator
  • Launch Steward
  • Launchman
  • Motorboat Operator
  • Outboard Motorboat Operator
  • Pilot Boat Captain
  • Pilot Boat Operator
  • Relief Captain
  • River and Lakes Boatman
  • Rivers and Lakes Boatman
  • Rivers and Lakes Leverman
  • Seating Captain
  • Speedboat Driver
  • Speedboat Operator
  • Towboat Captain
  • Towboat Operator
  • Tugboat Captain
  • Watch Leader
  • Water Taxi Boat Mate
  • Water Taxi Captain
  • Water Taxi Ferry Operator
  • Water Taxi Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Maintain desired courses, using compasses or electronic navigational aids.
  • Follow safety procedures to ensure the protection of passengers, cargo, and vessels.
  • Operate engine throttles and steering mechanisms to guide boats on desired courses.
  • Direct safety operations in emergency situations.
  • Issue directions for loading, unloading, and seating in boats.
  • Secure boats to docks with mooring lines, and cast off lines to enable departure.
  • Maintain equipment such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings.
  • Report any observed navigational hazards to authorities.
  • Service motors by performing tasks such as changing oil and lubricating parts.
  • Arrange repairs, fuel, and supplies for vessels.
  • Organize and direct the activities of crew members.
  • Tow, push, or guide other boats, barges, logs, or rafts.
  • Clean boats and repair hulls and superstructures, using hand tools, paint, and brushes.
  • Oversee operation of vessels used for carrying passengers, motor vehicles, or goods across rivers, harbors, lakes, and coastal waters.
  • Take depth soundings in turning basins.
  • Perform general labor duties such as repairing booms.
  • Position booms around docked ships.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrench sets
  • Air horns
  • Anchor lights
  • Automatic bilge pumps
  • Backfire flame arrestors
  • Binoculars
  • Boat hooks
  • Boat steering mechanisms
  • Boat tillers
  • Boat towing hooks
  • Boat towing trailers
  • Booms
  • Burying anchors
  • Captive-pin shackles
  • Carabiners
  • Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Chafing gear
  • Citizen's band CB radios
  • Danforth anchors
  • Desktop computers
  • Die markers
  • Discharger pumps
  • Distress flags
  • Diving masks
  • Drogues
  • Dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • Electronic navigational aids
  • Emergency knives
  • Emergency position indicating radio beacons EPIRB
  • Engine throttles
  • Exposure suits
  • Fire detectors
  • First aid kits
  • Fixed fire suppression systems
  • Floating smoke signals
  • Flotation aids
  • Foam fire extinguishers
  • Forced draft blowers
  • Gas powered outboard motors
  • Glow sticks
  • Grease dispensing guns
  • Halon fire extinguishers
  • Handheld sprayers
  • High water alarms
  • Inflatable personal flotation devices PFD
  • Jet motors
  • Jumper packs
  • Kedge anchors
  • Kicker engines
  • Lightning protection systems
  • Manual bilge pumps
  • Marine winches
  • Masthead lights
  • Mini automatic radar plotting aids MARPA
  • Mobile radios
  • Mooring pendants
  • Mushroom anchors
  • Navigational compasses
  • Near-shore life jackets
  • Nylon ropes
  • Oars
  • Offshore life jackets
  • Oil dispensing cans
  • Parachute flares
  • Pyrotechnic flares
  • Radar systems
  • Recreational life jackets
  • Recreational motorboats
  • Rescue throw bags
  • Safety chains
  • Sanitation treatment tanks
  • Satellite communications radios
  • Sidelights
  • Signal bells
  • Signal flags
  • Signal horns
  • Signal lanterns
  • Signal mirrors
  • Single sideband SSB radios
  • Smoke flares
  • Snorkels
  • Sonar devices
  • Space blankets
  • Stern lights
  • Strobe lights
  • Throwable flotation devices
  • Very high frequency VHF radiotelephones
  • Visual distress signals
  • Wire cleaning brushes
  • Wire ropes
  • Autopilot software
  • Cartography software
  • Echo sounder software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • Radar software
  • Web browser software


  • transportation and material moving


    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160