Ship's Officers navigate and control the safe operation of ships and supervise and coordinate the activities of deck crew.

Specialisations: Navigating Officer (Ship's), Seaman Officer (Navy).

A diploma in maritime operations (watchkeeper deck) is needed to work as a Ship's Officer.

Tasks

  • Navigates a ship by supervising the ship's course and speed according to pre-determined passage plans and safety procedures.

All Marine Transport Professionals

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

Ship's Officers

  • 620 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 63 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Ship's Officers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 760 in 2011 to 620 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Ship's Officers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 63 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 9% 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 Warehousing56.8
Public Administration and Safety25.2
Mining3.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.6
Other Industries11.7

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.
StateShip's OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW23.631.6
VIC12.525.6
QLD24.420.0
SA4.27.0
WA21.810.8
TAS7.52.0
NT3.41.0
ACT2.11.9

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 BracketShip's OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-247.9-9.39.3
25-3430.8-22.922.9
35-4428.3-22.022.0
45-5419.1-21.621.6
55-596.7-9.09.0
60-645.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationShip's OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree23.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma44.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.7-21.121.1
Year 1210.4-18.118.1
Year 110.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.6-12.512.5

A diploma in maritime operations (watchkeeper deck) is needed to work as a Ship's Officer.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • certificate of competency
  • fitness test

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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. Mechanical

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Transportation

    62% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Geography

    55% 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.

  5. Customer and personal service

    48% Skill level

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

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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, 53-5021.02 - Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    94% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  3. Consequence of error

    93% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  4. Health and safety of others

    93% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  5. Bright or inadequate lighting

    91% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-5021.02 - Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge.

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