Pilots, Ship

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Barge Pilot
  • Bar Pilot
  • Boat Pilot
  • Canal Driver
  • Captain
  • Docking Master
  • Docking Pilot
  • Ferryboat Pilot
  • Ferry Pilot
  • Harbor Boat Pilot

What They Do

  • Make nautical maps.
  • Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
  • Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
  • Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
  • Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
  • Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
  • Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
  • Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
  • Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
  • Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Additional Resources


Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in California was $76,130 with most people making between $24,890 and $146,510

Outlook

2.27%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 2,200 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,700 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 50 openings due to growth and about 80 replacement openings for approximately 130 total annual openings.



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