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.
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
- 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.
- Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
- Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
- Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
- Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
- Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
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.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2015, the average annual wage in California was $65,920 with most people making between $29,100 and $102,350
During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 2,800 people in California. It is projected that there will be 3,200 employed in 2022.
This occupation will have about 40 openings due to growth and about 130 replacement openings for approximately 170 total annual openings.
onetAirline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
majorAir Traffic Controller
majorCriminal Justice/Police Science
majorMarine Science/Merchant Marine Officer
collegeSan Diego Miramar College
majorAirline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
onetCriminal Investigators and Special Agents
collegeUniversity of Southern California
collegeOrange Coast College
onetShip and Boat Captains
collegeThe California Maritime Academy