Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

5.5/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $39.25 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 35% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Assisting and Caring for Others
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels' job openings is expected to rise 1.2% by 2031
'Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels' was $81,640, or $39.25 hourly
'Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels' are paid 78.4% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels?

As of 2021 there were 33,490 people employed as Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels within the United States.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels.

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: 53-5021.00


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Old Sailor says
For all you who have sailed, I can't believe AI will do what is needed when there is that not often but inevitable "Oh Sh*t" moment.
May 16, 2021 at 09:26 PM
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
Another me says
Then people will make them waterproof
Jan 14, 2020 at 04:26 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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