Ship's Masters control and manage the operation of ships or boats.
Specialisations: Dredge Master, Ship's Pilot, Tug Master.
Earnings are median for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax, including amounts salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.
Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), Customised Report.
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A lower unemployment rate shows people who work in this job are less likely to be out of work than people who work in other jobs.
Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.
Sources: ABS Labour Force Survey (custom trend) for 4-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 1112) and 2016 Census for 6-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 111211). As the figures come from different sources, the 6-digit figures may not sum to match the 4-digit totals.
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Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
Average full-time hours is the actual hours worked in this job per week, by people who work full-time hours in all of their jobs combined.
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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.
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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.
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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.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities.
See details that are far away.
Know where things are around you.
See things in glare or bright lighting.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
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What results do your decisions have on other people?
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How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.