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Ship's Captains

Outlook

The Department of Labor (DOL) forecasts little to no growth for water transportation workers through 2029. Ship's captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels are expected to experience no growth (0 percent) in the coming years. "Fluctuations in the demand for bulk commodities, such as petroleum products, iron ore, and grains, is a key factor influencing employment in these occupations," the DOL explains. "When demand for these commodities is high, the need for water transportation workers goes up; when demand slows, so does the need for workers. In addition, larger vessels that can carry more cargo require fewer water transportation workers."

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