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Ship and Boat Captains

Education

Education and training requirements vary by the type of job. Officers and engineers usually must have a bachelor's degree. Most water transportation jobs require the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a Merchant Marine Credential (MMC).

Related College Majors

Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer. - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $6,695.00 per year

Military Training

Job training consists of classroom instruction and practical experience in one of the following departments: air, weapons, operations, communications, engineering, deck, administration, or supply. Training length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:

  • Management and organization of ship or submarine operations
  • Piloting and navigation of ships
  • Interpretation of maritime laws and policies

Certifications or Licenses

All mariners working on ships with U.S. flags must have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center.

General Qualifications

Customer-service skills. Many motorboat operators interact with passengers and must ensure that passengers have a pleasant experience.Hand-eye coordination. Officers and pilots who steer ships have...

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security
  • Transportation
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Education and Training

Most Common Education Levels

The level of education attained by people currently working in this career.

Most Common Education

Schools with the Highest Enrollment for Featured Major

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School
Number of Students
University of Delaware
23,304
ECPI University
15,808
College of Southern Idaho
13,730
South Central Louisiana Techni...
7,350
Clatsop Community College
2,559
Texas A & M University-Galveston
2,292
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
1,570
United States Merchant Marine ...
1,061
Maine Maritime Academy
963
California Maritime Academy
901
Data supplied by Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center. (View our update schedule). Contact any business, college or military service branch to answer additional questions.