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Pilots, Ship

Also called: Pilot, Docking Pilot, Ship Pilot, River Pilot

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Boatswain's Mate; CWO - Special Warfare Combatant-Craft; Causeway Barge Ferry Pilot; Harbor/Docking Pilot; Landing Craft Air Cushion Operator/Navigator; Special Warfare Boat Operator; URL - Surface Warfare

What they do:
Command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.
On the job, you would:
  • Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
  • Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
  • Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • geography
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Spatial
  • know where things are around you
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
Vision
  • see details that are far away
  • decide which thing is closer or farther away from you or decide how far away it is from you
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation

Technology

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
  • Log book software

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$69,920
per year, on average
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