Sailors and Marine Oilers

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Able Bodied Seaman (AB Seaman), Able Bodied Watchman (AB Watchman), Able Seaman, Boat Crew Deck Hand, Boatman, Bosun, Deck Hand, Deckhand, Deckhand Engineer, Merchant Marine, Merchant Mariner, Oiler, Tankerman

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Sailors and Marine Oilers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Sailors and Marine Oilers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 6.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #9 in job growth rate
  • 330

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #4 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (3.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (14.4%)
  • Associate's degree (6.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (24.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (43.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (7.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems.
  • Secure watercraft to docks, wharves or other vessels.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Record operational or production data.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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