As an island nation, Australia depends on a safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable maritime sector for its national productivity. Around a quarter of domestic freight and nearly all of our export freight is carried by ships and our cruise industry is booming. New investment in offshore oil and gas projects will also intensify the need for qualified seafarers and coastal maritime operators.
Maritime operations provide opportunities to work on a commercial boats and ships, including as a general purpose hand, coxswain, master or marine engine driver, even international opportunities on super yachts and ships with STWC95.
Shipwrights and boat builders are employed in areas around the waterfront such as marinas and boatsheds, and some work for the Australian Defence Force and for ferry companies.
The Northern Sydney Institute offers a range of accredited coursework for every maritime discipline and our life size maritime simulator is the closest thing to actually being at sea.
A look at the facts...
- Marine transport professionals have a weekly median income of $1,675.
- The average annual rate of growth in the Australian transport and logistics industries is forecast to be higher than in the rest of the economy. The sector is forecast to employ 870,000 people in 2017.
- The global cruise industry is booming. More than 21 million people took a cruise last year, including over 700,000 Australians.
(Source: Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council; joboutlook.gov.au; cruising.org.au)
A career in maritime
Possible job roles include:
- deck hand
- general purpose hand
- deck officer
- marine engineer
- ship’s master
- maritime trainer/assessor
- marine engine driver
- charter vessel guide
- ship’s captain
- ferry master
- boat builder
Study and career pathways
There is more than one pathway to a successful career, and it may not always be in a straight line.
This maritime career pathway chart will give you some idea of how the different qualifications fit together and what they mean in the industry.