Researching Sea-Based Careers

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With Seafair happening in town (July 24-26, 2015), we at Career Link figured we could review Sea-Based Careers for you. This is not an extensive list, but it is meant as a start. Drop by Career Link or call to set up an appointment with a Career Counsellor to determine the best course of action for you (call us at 604.485.7958 or visit #103, 4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River BC).

As in many other industries, maritime career paths are often highly varied according to one’s unique circumstances. However, some general guidelines can help you know what to expect and plan accordingly.

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Basic Categories:

Shipping & Transportation

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Electrician Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Chef Captain
  Research Assistant Master Mariner

COMMERCIAL FISHING CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Fisherman Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Electrician Captain
  Chef Master Mariner
  Research Assistant  

CRUISES AND FERRIES CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Hospitality Manager Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Photographer Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Captain
Waiter Electrician Master Mariner
Bartender Chef  
Housekeeper Research Assistant  
Entertainer    
Transportation Attendent    
Dining Room Attendent    

OFFSHORE OPERATIONS CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Electrician Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Chef Captain
Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter Research Assistant Master Mariner
Pipe layer   Commercial Diver

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Customs Officer Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Port Police Officer Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Rescue Service Captain
U.S. Navy Soldier Coast Guard Officer Master Mariner
U.S. Coast Guard Soldier Engine Utilityman/Pumpman  
  Electrician  
  Chef  
  Research Assistant  

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH CAREERS

ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS MID-LEVEL POSITIONS HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS
Ordinary Seaman Able Bodied Seaman Second Mate
Deckhand Junior Engineer Second Engineer
Utilityman Third Mate Chief Mate
Wiper Third Engineer Chief Engineer
Ship Fitter Research Assistant Chief Steward
Steward Assistant Natural Sciences Manager Chief Cook
Assistant Cook Engine Utilityman/Pumpman Captain
  Electrician Master Mariner
  Chef Marine Biologist
  Research Assistant Ecologist
    Meteorologist
    Environmental Engineer

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