The Maritime Industry

A lot has changed in the world since Mark Twain traveled up and down the Mississippi, inspiring him to write about the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

However, even though we live in a much more technologically advanced time, maritime jobs on workboats still exist. In fact, many people pursue and find jobs at sea, becoming shipboard radio officers, able bodied seamen, deckhands, officers and mates. “Workboats” include more than just tugboats. From tiny sailboats to huge carriers, there are dozens of different kinds of workboats, and each is the “office” for a number of people working in different jobs. If you’re interested in the water and a bit of adventure, a maritime career might appeal to you. You could seek cruise line employment as mate or engineer or get an Alaska fishing job for the summer or year-round. The options are wide open.

Longshoreman Operates Crane to Unload Cargo Ship at Port

Of course, it takes other people for the workboat industry to run as well. Where would the world be without ferries? How many vacationers would be disappointed if cruise ships didn’t exist? Who would protect the seas without the Navy? Don’t forget that there needs to be engineers, shipbuilders, and dockhands to make the world go ’round as well! One can’t overlook the thousands of people dedicated to training students at maritime schools and maritime academies either.

A nice thing to remember is that the skills you learn in your maritime job are transferable from one sector of the industry to another. For instance, your experience on a cargo or some other kind of vessel could help you find a fishing boat job.

Want to learn more? The maritime business is booming, and JobMonkey has all of the information you need to get started. Many people never even consider workboat jobs, which is a shame. If you love the water, becoming a marine biologist isn’t your only option! Use our maritime jobs material to learn more about the careers available, the training you need, where you can get a job, and how to get hired – and then check out the JobMonkey JobCenter for listings!

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