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Ship and Boat Captains

Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.   (O'Net 53-5021.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Barge Captain, Barge Master, Boat Captain, Boat Master, Boat Operator, Boatswain   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels which includes:
                          - Ship and Boat Captains
                          - Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
                          - Pilots, Ship
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    Employment Trends
    for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels which includes:
                                  - Ship and Boat Captains
                                  - Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
                                  - Pilots, Ship
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    Industries of Employment
    for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels which includes:
                                - Ship and Boat Captains
                                - Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
                                - Pilots, Ship
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Water transportation 38.2%
    Support activities for transportation 22.5%
    Scenic and sightseeing transportation 7.6%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 6.8%
    Federal government, all industries 4.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Ship and Boat Captains
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  • Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.
     
  • Compute positions, set courses, and determine speeds, using charts, area plotting sheets, compasses, sextants, and knowledge of local conditions.
     
  • Inspect vessels to ensure efficient and safe operation of vessels and equipment and conformance to regulations.
     
  • Measure depths of water, using depth-measuring equipment.
     
  • Direct or coordinate crew members or workers performing activities such as loading or unloading cargo, steering vessels, operating engines, or operating, maintaining, or repairing ship equipment.
     
  • Monitor the loading or discharging of cargo or passengers.
     
  • Calculate sightings of land, using electronic sounding devices and following contour lines on charts.
     
  • Signal passing vessels, using whistles, flashing lights, flags, or radios.
     
  • Maintain boats or equipment on board, such as engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers, or life preservers.
     
  • Signal crew members or deckhands to rig tow lines, open or close gates or ramps, or pull guard chains across entries.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
  • Spatial Orientation - The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
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  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates - Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2007
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Ship and Boat Captains
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains  updated June 2007
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Commercial Fishing.
     
    • Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Ship and Boat Captains 
     

     
     
     
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