Marine Career Profile Project
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Varies with a typical average of $31,000-$117,000
- This greatly depends on ratio of land versus sea time
In shore: average 40 hour work week &
At sea: average 88 hours a week
- Typically this job entails leaving for weeks at a time, so pilots may have periods of rest while still collecting data
For a significant portion of time spent on land, submersible pilots work alone and inside of a lab planning routes and testing specimen. For the rest of the time, pilots live underwater in the submarine with their crew.
- Between either work environment, not much physical activity is required as leadership is the main skill needed
A submersible pilot needs to be... trustworthy, reliable, independent
Education & Skills
Education: minimum of associate degree in electronics
Additional Background Knowledge Needed: hydraulics, pneumatic systems, navigation, boat handling, and other handyman skills
Schools: Though there are many schools that offer programs, NC State and Campbell University are two schools in North Carolina that allow a pathway to become an submersible pilot.
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