Ship's Masters control and manage the operation of ships or boats.

Specialisations: Dredge Master, Ship's Pilot, Tug Master.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in maritime operations (coxswain or master) to work as a Ship's Master. It is also common for Ship's Masters to complete a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Tasks

  • Ensures compliance with regulations pertaining to safety at sea and protection of the marine environment.
  • Directs the activities of the deck crew for navigational support tasks, berthing and unberthing, maintenance, cleaning and painting of superstructures, and the repair and replacement of defective deck gear and equipment.

All Marine Transport Professionals

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

Ship's Masters

  • 3,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 54 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Ship's Masters (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 3,600 in 2011 to 3,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Ship's Masters work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 54 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (59%).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing72.9
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.5
Mining3.6
Administrative and Support Services3.4
Other Industries15.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateShip's MastersAll Jobs Average
NSW23.731.6
VIC7.425.6
QLD37.020.0
SA6.07.0
WA18.010.8
TAS4.32.0
NT3.21.0
ACT0.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketShip's MastersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-242.3-9.39.3
25-3414.4-22.922.9
35-4423.7-22.022.0
45-5429.6-21.621.6
55-5913.4-9.09.0
60-649.7-6.06.0
65 and Over6.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationShip's MastersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma32.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV32.4-21.121.1
Year 129.0-18.118.1
Year 113.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below10.3-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III or IV in maritime operations (coxswain or master) to work as a Ship's Master. It is also common for Ship's Masters to 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.

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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. Transportation

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Geography

    62% 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.

  3. Education and Training

    58% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Law and Government

    58% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    56% Skill level

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

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  1. Being Exact or Accurate

    99% Important

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  2. Frequency of Decision Making

    99% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  3. Impact of Decisions

    98% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

  4. Telephone

    96% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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