Marine Transport Professionals control and manage the operations of ships, boats and marine equipment.

    You usually need a formal qualification in maritime or fishing operations to work as a Marine Transport Professional. Marine Transport Professionals often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

    Tasks

    • directing fishing operations by using knowledge about the species sought, fishing areas, seasons and the capabilities of the vessel and crew
    • directing crew in catching fish, molluscs and crustacea at varying depths using nets, lines, poles, pots and traps
    • planning, controlling and coordinating the operational and maintenance requirements of a ship's propulsion and domestic plant and equipment
    • operating plant and equipment and performing routine maintenance on ship's systems including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, steam generating, and fire prevention and control systems
    • controlling and directing shipping operations to ensure the safe and efficient loading and transport of cargo and passengers
    • ensuring compliance with regulations pertaining to safety at sea and protection of the marine environment
    • directing the activities of the deck crew for navigational support tasks, berthing and unberthing, maintenance, cleaning and painting of superstructures, and repair and replacement of defective deck gear and equipment
    • navigating a ship by supervising the ship's course and speed according to predetermined passage plans and safety procedures
    • examining and approving design plans of hulls and equipment such as main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and airconditioning plant and pumping systems
    • conducting periodic surveys throughout a ship's life to ensure standards are maintained

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    • $2,123 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 8,800 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 55 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Marine Transport Professionals (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 8,800 in 2018 to 9,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Marine Transport Professionals work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,123 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 55 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (55%).
    • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20086900
    200911900
    201010700
    20118900
    20128500
    201311100
    20149000
    20158200
    201610200
    20178800
    20188800
    20239100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsMarine Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings21231460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing56.1
    Public Administration and Safety10.6
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.0
    Other Industries17.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMarine Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.031.6
    VIC9.925.6
    QLD31.620.0
    SA6.97.0
    WA20.010.8
    TAS4.82.0
    NT3.01.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMarine Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.7-5.05.0
    20-242.9-9.39.3
    25-3416.7-22.922.9
    35-4425.0-22.022.0
    45-5427.6-21.621.6
    55-5912.7-9.09.0
    60-648.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMarine Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree15.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma33.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV30.2-21.121.1
    Year 127.9-18.118.1
    Year 112.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in maritime or fishing operations to work as a Marine Transport Professional. Marine Transport Professionals often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • certificate of competency
    • fitness test

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Maritime VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Marine Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people and are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Transportation

      67% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    2. Public safety and security

      63% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    3. Mechanical

      62% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Customer and personal service

      61% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Geography

      61% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-5021.01 - Ship and Boat Captains.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Freedom to make decisions

      97% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    3. Frequent decision making

      96% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    4. Impact of decisions

      95% Important

      Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

    5. Contact with people

      93% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-5021.01 - Ship and Boat Captains.

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