Motorboat Operators

Boat Operator, Crew Boat Operator, Launch Operator, Water Taxi Operator

What they do:
Operate small motor-driven boats. May assist in navigational activities.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain desired courses, using compasses or electronic navigational aids.
  • Follow safety procedures to ensure the protection of passengers, cargo, and vessels.
  • Direct safety operations in emergency situations.



  • customer service

Math and Science

  • geography
  • biology

Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


  • know where things are around you


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • Echo sounder software
  • Radar software

Expert system software

  • Autopilot software

Mobile location based services software

  • Global positioning system GPS software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
certificate after high school or
some college
usually needed

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