Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

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Will "Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is a small chance this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 35% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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or 27% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $34.94 hourly

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as of 2016

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Job description

Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard.

SOC Code: 53-5021

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Jesse F. Malone (Likely) says
If we already have unmanned aircraft and are working on unmanned vessels, (tankers, freighters, car carriers, passenger ships) then who is to say the AI wont take over maritime jobs? Soon we will probably have remote control vessels or completely auto piloted vessels and no need for a bridge crew or engine room crew!
Dec 06, 2019 at 04:41 PM
Jason (No chance) says
more jobs being created from new vessels and old crew retiring than people graduating out into the industry
Oct 11, 2019 at 01:45 AM
me (No chance) says
they cant deal with water
Sep 11, 2019 at 05:12 PM
Angus Mansbridge (Likely) says
In a number of maritime sectors the hands on element of ship handling has already been given over to Dynamic Positioning Systems. That these systems require constant local supervision is only a question of communication and reliability. We already see automatic mining trucks, container cranes and transporters and more recently harbor tugs supervised from remote locations. Because of the financial advantage to the ship owner in not having to accommodate and pay people to operate a vessel, it is only a matter of time before we see ships are operating in the same way.
May 16, 2019 at 09:57 PM

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