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Ship's Captains

Outlook

The outlook for water transportation workers overall is good. The Department of Labor forecasts 9 percent employment growth through 2024. Ship's captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels are expected to have faster than average employment growth (10 percent) in the coming years. There will be opportunities in freight companies, particularly because of increase in demand for bulk commodities such as petroleum, iron, and grain. Most of the jobs in these areas will be located on the Great Lakes and inland rivers. There may also be more job openings on tanker ships and barges, as domestic oil production has been increasing. Refineries, which are usually near waterways, will need raw crude to be delivered. There should also be employment opportunities on supply ships that operate to support offshore oil platforms. Growth in domestic waterways freight may be limited, however, due to competition from pipelines, railways, and trucks for transporting oil.

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