Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels (53-5021)

Occupation description:  Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard. Excludes Motorboat Operators (53-5022).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 614658 7.24 2529
United States 35,10038,700 10.2360 1,3701,720

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 39.1916.8123.91 34.9449.3464.61
Alaska 34.7321.7226.08 34.4441.3649.33
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 43.4528.3937.09 44.0449.3858.84
Southeast Region 33.7921.3624.95 34.4440.7849.22
Balance of State 34.0721.9026.16 32.7140.3649.23

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,056627 59.451.0 40.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation87
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation75
UI claimants previously working in occupation140
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 606
Number of job position postings 65
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 9.3

Alaska Licensing Information

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

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: Less than 5 years On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Marine Safety Education Association   (Sitka)
Ergonomics for Commercial Fishermen & Industry Workers
Marine Survival Equipment, Procedures and Onboard Drills, 10 Hour
Marine Survival Equipment, Procedures and Onboard Drills, 18 Hour
Upright & Watertight - Vessel Stability Awareness

 Degree
Alaska Nautical School   (Wasilla)
Able Seaman
Master up to 100 GT Near Coastal Water Certificate
OUPV Near Coastal
OUPV Restricted to Freshwaters and Rivers of Western Alaska
Upgrade 100 GT Master to 200 GT Master

 Degree
Alaska Waters Consulting   (Anchorage)
Alaska Waterwise
Celestial Navigation
Masters License - 25/50/100 Ton
Masters upgrade - 100 Ton
Masters upgrade - 200 Ton
Masters/Mate upgrade - 200 Ton
Navigation Rules of the Road
OUPV License ("Six Pack License")
Restricted OUPV License (Freshwater six pack)

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Able Seaman Certificate
Advanced Fire Fighting
Assistance Towing Operations
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) Operations Certificate
Basic First Aid and CPR Certificate
Basic Training Certificate
Basic Training Revalidation
Bridge Resource Management Certificate
Crowd Management
Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems Certificate
Ice Navigation
Leadership and Managerial Skills
Leadership and Teamworking Skills
Marlinspike Seamanship
Master/Mate Certificate
Master/Mate 500 and 1600 Ton NC Prep Class
Medical First Aid Provider
Meteorology
Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
Proficiency in Survival Craft Certificate
Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)
Radar Observer Certificate
Radar Observer, Recertification Certificate
Radar Refresher Certificate
Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch Certificate
Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch (RFPNW) Assessments
Tankship-Dangerous Liquids Certificate
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties
Vessel Security Officer
Visual Communications/Flashing Light

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

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Mariners Learning System USCG Testing
Masters 25/50/100 Ton Training Leading to USCG License
Restricted Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (ROUPV)