Ship/Boat Captain

best job ever!! - chase meixsell

what a captain does

  1. A ship captain is the leader of an entire vessel and is the leader of every one on it, which can range in size from a small yacht to an entire cruise liner. He or she has vast experience with ships and their operation, and has likely worked their way through the ranks of other ship-related positions. they drive the ship where ever it has to go.

what do they make

they make on average about $98,266 per year and it can go up or down depending on what kind of ship you drive and your experience.

Education Required to be a captain

Common Requirements

Degree LevelBachelor's degree*

Degree FieldMarine transportation, marine engineering, maritime operations and technology, logistics and intermodal transportation, marine engineering systems, marine engineering and shipyard management***

Experience3- 4 years as a deck crew member*

Key SkillsHand-eye coordination, strong communication skills, mechanical ability, visual and hearing ability**

Computer SkillsNavigational software, facilities management software**

Technical SkillsMarine communication system operation, ability to operate a ship's mechanical equipment**

Additional RequirementsPhysical strength*

Skills Required for this job

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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.

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.

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Additional Training Required for this hand

A ship captain must have at least six years' sea time, including one year of service as an able seaman, a year as third mate, a year as second mate and a year as chief mate. Along the way, the captain takes a variety of classes, including courses in survival and management. you need experience and practice.

Average number of work hours/week

they work 12 hour shifts so 84 hours a week

Amount of Physical Activity Required

very little as ing as there is no problems, you just sit and watch and steer most of the time. very little activity required.

Working Conditions

the caption sits and steers from the bridge which in enclosed and in side. depending on the ship it may have a office and sleeping quarters which would also be inside.

Interests or Personality Qualities that would be good for this career

people skills and communication skills, interests in being a leader, knowing hot to solve a problem quickly, knowing how to ensure a problem won't happen

Specific Education Programs

Bachelor's degree

Marine transportation, marine engineering, maritime operations and technology, logistics and intermodal transportation, marine engineering systems, marine engineering and shipyard management


Current Employment Trends

Number of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels employed in 2006:34,000


Projected Number of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels that will be employed in 2016: 39,780


The numbers of positions for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels is expected to increase by 17% between 2006 and 2016.

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