Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
SOC: 53-5021.02

Description:

Supervise or coordinate activities of crew aboard ships, boats, barges, or dredges.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
35,100 employed

Projected (2024):
38,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Able Bodied Seaman (AB Seaman)
  • Able Bodied Tankerman (AB Tankerman)
  • Boatswain's Mate
  • Deck Cadet
  • Deck Engineer
  • Deckhand
  • Dock Hand
  • Dredge Mate
  • Ferry Terminal Agent
  • First Mate
  • First Officer
  • Fishing Vessel Mate
  • Fourth Mate
  • Fourth Officer
  • Maritime Officer
  • Mate
  • Relief Master
  • Relief Mate
  • Sailing Officer
  • Second Mate
  • Second Officer
  • Ship, Boat, or Barge Mate
  • Skipper
  • Third Mate
  • Third Officer
  • Tugboat Mate
  • Vessel Master


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Steer vessels, using navigational devices, such as compasses or sextants, or navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
  • Stand watches on vessels during specified periods while vessels are under way.
  • Determine geographical positions of ships, using lorans, azimuths of celestial bodies, or computers, and use this information to determine the course and speed of a ship.
  • Assume command of vessels in the event that ships' masters become incapacitated.
  • Inspect equipment, such as cargo-handling gear, lifesaving equipment, visual-signaling equipment, or fishing, towing, or dredging gear, to detect problems.
  • Participate in activities related to maintenance of vessel security.
  • Arrange for ships to be stocked, fueled, or repaired.
  • Observe loading or unloading of cargo or equipment to ensure that handling and storage are performed according to specifications.
  • Supervise crew members in the repair or replacement of defective gear or equipment.
  • Supervise crews in cleaning or maintaining decks, superstructures, or bridges.
  • Observe water from ships' mastheads to advise on navigational direction.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic radar plotting aids ARPA
  • Bridge to bridge radiotelephones
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishing systems
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 flooding systems
  • Cargo derricks
  • Centrifugal cargo pumps
  • Chain cargo falls
  • Container lift trucks
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential global positioning systems DGPS
  • Dividers
  • Drafting triangles
  • Dynamic positioning DP systems
  • Echo sounders
  • Electric deck cranes
  • Electric mooring winches
  • Electric telegraphs
  • Electric windlasses
  • Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
  • Emergency fire pumps
  • Emergency generators
  • Fathometer sonar equipment
  • Fire alarm switches
  • Firefighting suits
  • First aid kits
  • Foam fire extinguishing systems
  • Gear pumps
  • Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
  • Global positioning systems GPS
  • Grabbing cranes
  • Gyrocompasses
  • Hand capstans
  • Hand windlasses
  • High frequency HF radiotelephone systems
  • Hydraulic capstans
  • Hydraulic deck cranes
  • Hydraulic mooring winches
  • Hydraulic windlasses
  • Immersion suits
  • Integrated bridge systems
  • Life buoys
  • Life rafts
  • Life vests
  • Lifeboat davits
  • Lifting slings
  • Lifting spreaders
  • Line throwing appliances
  • Long range navigation LORAN systems
  • Magnet hoists
  • Magnetic compasses
  • Manual winches
  • Mechanical telegraphs
  • Mooring cables
  • Mooring chains
  • Natural fiber mooring ropes
  • Navigational compasses
  • Parallel plotters
  • Parallel rules
  • Personal computers
  • Pilot ladders
  • Portable carbon dioxide fire extinguishers
  • Portable dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • Portable water fire extinguishers
  • Pyrotechnic distress signals
  • Radio direction finders RDF
  • Rescue slings
  • Respirators
  • Rotary displacement pumps
  • Safety belts
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety helmets
  • Safety lanyards
  • Screw displacement pumps
  • Semaphores
  • Sextants
  • Sheave blocks
  • Ship alarm systems
  • Ship anchor chocks
  • Ship's whistles
  • Signal flags
  • Signal lights
  • Sounding rods
  • Sounding tapes
  • Steam winches
  • Steering control systems
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Synthetic mooring ropes
  • Thermal protective aids TPA
  • Totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft TEMPSC
  • Ultra high frequency UHF radiotelephone systems
  • Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
  • Voice pipes
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
  • KNMI TurboWin
  • Log book software
  • Maptech The CAPN


  • transportation and material moving


    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160