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what a captain does
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
Education Required to be a captain
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
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
Average number of work hours/week
Amount of Physical Activity Required
Interests or Personality Qualities that would be good for this career
Specific Education Programs
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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