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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 647679 4.922 4469
United States 38,80042,200 8.81,400 2,7004,440

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 42.0317.9224.05 34.7850.6473.89
Alaska 36.5920.1626.32 32.4945.7558.43
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 46.4922.0929.44 43.2560.4383.56
Balance of State 35.0919.9625.86 31.7843.2554.27

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,100650 59.151.4 42.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation88
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation78
UI claimants previously working in occupation166
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 629
Number of job position postings 74
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 8.5

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

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association   (Sitka)
Ergonomics and Injury Prevention for Commercial Fishermen
F/V Stability and Damage Control
Marine Survival Equipment, Onboard Drill Conductor, 10 Hour
Marine Survival Equipment, Procedures and Onboard Drills, 18 Hour

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

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)

AVTEC   (Seward)
Able Seaman Certificate
Advanced Fire Fighting
Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation
Advanced International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW Polar Code Courses
Assistance Towing
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) Operations Certificate
Azimuth Pod (ASD) Ship Handling Course
Basic International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW Polar Code Courses
Basic Meteorology
Basic Training Certificate
Basic Training Revalidation
Bridge Resource Management Certificate
Crowd Management
Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
FCC Marine Radio Operators Examination (MROP) Certificate
First Aid and CPR Certificate
Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems Certificate
Ice Navigation
Leadership and Managerial Skills
Leadership and Teamworking Skills
Marlinspike Seamanship
Master 100 Tons/Mate 200 Tons
Master/Mate 500 and 1600 Ton NC Prep Class
Medical Care Person in Charge
Medical Care Provider
Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
Proficiency in Survival Craft Certificate
Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED)
Radar Observer (Unlimited), Original Certificate
Radar Observer (Unlimited), Recertification Certificate
Radar Observer (Unlimited), Refresher Certificate
Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch
Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch Certificate
Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch (RFPNW) Assessments
Tankship-Dangerous Liquids (P.I.C.) Certificate
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
Vessel Security Officer
Visual Communications/Flashing Light

LTR Training Systems, Inc.   (Anchorage)
Aircraft Water Ditching & Survival
Aviation Crash Survival Experience
Aviation Land & Water Survival
Bear Awareness & Handgun Defense
Bear Awareness & Shotgun Defense
Bear Awareness & Spray Defense
Cold Weather Saftey & Survival
Field Travel Safety & Wilderness Skills
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training
Marine Offshore Safety & Survival
Wilderness Safety Leader

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Cold Water Survival & Egress
Cold Water Survival Training/046
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training - HUET

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)