My Career as a Marine Architect

By:Touger Vang

Job Description

Design and oversee construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures such as ships, barges, tugs, dredges, submarines, torpedoes, floats, and buoys. May confer with marine engineers.

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Education and Training Requirements

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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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.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Employment Outlook

Employment (2010)

6,000 employees

Projected growth (2010-2020)

Average (10% to 19%)

Projected job openings (2010



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Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

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Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?

Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?

Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

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Median wages (2012)

$42.36 hourly, $88,100 annual

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