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Ship & Boat Captains

Also called: Boat Captain, Captain, Tug Captain, Tugboat Captain

Where in the Army? In the Army: Marine Deck Officer; Watercraft Engineer; Watercraft Operator

What they do:
Command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.
On the job, you would:
  • Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.
  • Dock or undock vessels, sometimes maneuvering through narrow spaces, such as locks.
  • Adjust navigation according to weather conditions.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • management


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • know where things are around you
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Route navigation software
  • Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
  • Maptech The CAPN
Data base user interface and query software
  • KNMI TurboWin
  • Log book software
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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