Working as a Mariner

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A maritime career can provide you with a wonderful life that is filled with adventures and financial security that very few other careers can match.

Professional mariners love their job, make a lot of money, have a lot of time off, and as a bonus, can travel the world if they wish.

What are you needed? Approximately 60 percent of our maritime workforce is over the age of 50. Many mariners are looking at retirement. This means that the job market in the next 10 years will be excellent for  individuals interested in making a living on a boat or ship. 

The maritime industry needs you.

Maritime Work Schedules

In the maritime industry, a crew member goes to work on a vessel for weeks or months at a time . . . but then has time off for weeks or months at a time. 

For example; a typical towboat pushing barges on the inland waterways may work a schedule of 20 days on the boat followed by 10 days off.  An offshore supply boat may work 28 days on and then 14 days off.  Big ships may work 2 months on and then 1 month off. 

Maritime Compensation

Whereas, a deckhand may start at $125 per day, it does not take long to start moving up the ladder working toward the captain's seat. Towboat captains in the Houston Ship Channel can make up to $100,000 per year. Even more money can be made offshore.

Career Pathways