Marine Surveyors survey machines and hulls of ships to ensure they are constructed, equipped and maintained according to safety standards, rules and regulations laid down by marine authorities.

    You usually need a formal qualification in marine surveying to work as a Marine Surveyor. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Marine Surveyors.

    Tasks

    • Examines and approves design plans of hulls and equipment such as main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and air-conditioning plant and pumping systems.
    • Conducts periodic surveys throughout a ship's life to ensure standards are maintained.

    All Marine Transport Professionals

    • $2,123 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Marine Surveyors

    • 460 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 51 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Marine Surveyors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 420 in 2011 to 460 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Marine Surveyors work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (71%).
    • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services59.5
    Public Administration and Safety18.8
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing11.7
    Manufacturing3.9
    Other Industries6.1

    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 SurveyorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW19.631.6
    VIC15.625.6
    QLD26.420.0
    SA7.07.0
    WA26.910.8
    TAS2.62.0
    NT1.81.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 SurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.9-9.39.3
    25-348.9-22.922.9
    35-4419.2-22.022.0
    45-5432.2-21.621.6
    55-5915.5-9.09.0
    60-6413.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.2-4.24.2

    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 SurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate11.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree28.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma34.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV19.1-21.121.1
    Year 125.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in marine surveying to work as a Marine Surveyor. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Marine Surveyors.

    You must also be registered with Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • 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.

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    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. Engineering and technology

      84% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Mechanical

      83% Skill level

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

    3. Physics

      78% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    4. Technical design

      78% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Mathematics

      75% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    Demands

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

    1. Telephone

      95% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    2. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Being exact or accurate

      85% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      85% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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