The marine industry is experiencing a growth, in part due to the new cruise ships that are being launched every year. In most years, up to a dozen new mega cruise ships launched which means that new jobs in the marine field are opening up all the time. On top of this there are many more luxury private yachts, charter yachts, tour boats, cruise ships, offshore oil platforms, fishing boats, ferries, and other vessels due to be launched. Then there’s the usual worker turnover due to retirements, people leaving the industry, and so on.
Aside from the hundreds of potential jobs that are becoming available, working in the maritime industry also allows for tons of travel opportunities. With the large number of cruise ships that are due to be launched in the next 10 years, so there are more and more new itineraries that are being scheduled in areas that have never been explored, or that have been explored very little. You can now travel anywhere in the world, from the busy ports of Miami and Canaveral to the more remote ports like Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Dalmatia, Serbia, and Tunisia in Africa. This unique opportunity to travel while you work is what motivates many people to pursue a maritime career. It can take many years to achieve the level that you want to in your maritime job, and you will have to realize that working hard and taking many examinations for various levels is necessary if you want to make a success of this chosen career path. To start off with you will need to attend a maritime school where you will receive training in the basics of life at sea including sea rescue, basic marine terminology, and more. This will be needed even for entry level jobs like an oiler, a wiper, or a deckhand. This hard work and preparation will however allow you to earn a good salary for an entry level position.
Being in the maritime industry means that you also have to be comfortable with being away from home for lengthy periods of time depending on what kind of vessel you are employed on. Oil tankers and oil rigs are away from home for more than 6 months at a time, while cruise ships can vary from a few weeks to a few months. Container ships will usually dock as quickly as possible, but this could mean traveling to different ports and returning only seldom to the base port, and also leave again just as quickly. You have to be able to handle being away from family and friends for long periods of time, you need to be fit and healthy, and you should be able to work under any kind of pressure and in any environment. You can easily start searching and applying for maritime jobs right now by going to the JobCenter.