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Ship and Boat Captains

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Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.


  • Some merchant mariners spend extended periods at sea; others operate boats close to port and go home at night.
  • Entry, training, and educational requirements for many water transportation occupations are established and regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Excellent job opportunities are expected, especially for marine officers.


Personality I'm good with people
Salary $63,920/yr ($31.96/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Some college, no degree