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

  • Towing Pilot
  • Towboat Pilot
  • Steamboat Pilot
  • State Pilot
  • Speedboat Driver
  • Ship Pilot
  • School Boat Driver
  • River Pilot
  • Relief Pilot
  • Relief Docking Master
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What They Do

  • Make nautical maps.
  • Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
  • Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
  • Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
  • Maintain ship logs.
  • Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
  • Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
  • Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
  • 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.

Interests

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

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic 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.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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.
  • 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.

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Preparation Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $63,730 with most people making between $35,090 and $96,640

Outlook

1.50%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,000 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,300 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 70 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.