Sailors and Marine Oilers (53-5011)

Occupation description:  Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 722760 5.34 1923
United States 28,30030,900 9.1260 740990

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.2011.0314.47 20.2226.3734.66
Alaska 22.9615.9818.68 23.6427.7929.48
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 25.2420.5722.69 25.7728.6430.37
Southeast Region 25.1818.5922.69 25.8528.2329.65
Balance of State 21.3115.0517.14 20.7025.6629.00

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,346665 49.442.2 32.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation215
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation80
UI claimants previously working in occupation202
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 844
Number of job position postings 13
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 64.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association   (Sitka)
Alaska Water Wise
Basic Boating Safety
Boating Without the Boys
Coastal Navigation
Mariner's First Aid & CPR Workshops
Recreational Boating Courses

AVTEC   (Seward)
Able Seaman Certificate
Advanced Fire Fighting
Assistance Towing
Basic Training Certificate
Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
Proficiency in Survival Craft Certificate
Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)
Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch Certificate
Tankship-Dangerous Liquids Certificate
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties
Vessel Security Officer

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Artic Survival: Wilderness & Outdoor Awareness Preparedness
Cold Water Survival
Cold Water Survival & Egress
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training - HUET

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Aluminum Boat Building & Repair Certificate

University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Marine Transportation OEC