Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

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

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $79,000.00
Average Time to Fill 41 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 453
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) -6.52 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Oral Communication
Resource Allocation
Critical Thinking
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct operation of boats and crews
Oversee marine cargo handling
Direct maintenance or repair activities
Direct material handling or moving activities
Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement
Direct vessel steering
Direct passenger or freight transport activities
Oversee execution of organizational or program policies
Supervise transportation, shipping, or material moving personnel

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment

Set course or speed of vessel, vehicle, or craft
Pilot water vessels
Operate ships or other watercraft
Transport cargo
Transport passengers
Steer vessel, vehicle, or craft
Adjust routes or speeds as necessary
Operate cargo handling gear

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
Conduct evacuation procedures
Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation
Follow transportation, shipping, or material moving safety procedures and regulations
Recommend personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, and dismissals
Select ship repair method
Identify best itinerary based on knowledge of routes
Resolve operational shipping or transportation issues

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor navigational aids at sea
Monitor equipment or instrument gauges and displays
Monitor transportation or shipping related equipment operation to detect problems
Detect installation, maintenance, or repair concerns by listening for abnormalities
Monitor loading processes to ensure procedural compliance
Monitor operations to ensure compliance with safety or security policies or regulations
Monitor work environment to ensure safety or adherence to specifications
Determine positions of celestial bodies for navigational purposes
Monitor performance of others

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards
Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems
Perform transportation or shipping related safety inspection
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Inspect transportation or shipping related machinery or equipment

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Acquire supplies or equipment
Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources
Collect fares or payment from customers
Order transportation or shipping related supplies, materials, and equipment
Manage material resources

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Flight Planning
Federal Aviation Regulations
Aviation Regulations
Contract Management

Related Licensing Requirements

Occupational Riverboat Gambling License (18-0000000026)

In order to obtain a license to work in a riverboat casino, the candidate must: Be at least 18 years of age. Not have been convicted of a felony nor have been subject to disciplinary action that woul interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Demonstrate a level of skill of knowledge that the commission determines is necessary to perform the skills necessary for the occupation. Submit a full set of fingerprints. Pay all application and licensure fees.

- Indiana Gaming Commission (3172330046)

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