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Maritime Industries CareerReady to Look?

Maritime jobs require skills. Specialized skills. Most require some post-secondary training.

If you already have the certifications you need, you're most of the way to finding the job you want.

Here is a list of maritime job search sites to get you started. Or apply directly with local companies at their websites, also listed below.

Not ready to look yet? See our training and education and land-based and sea-based careers sections for more information on your maritime career path.

Getting started in the maritime industry:
Tips from Gary Stauffer, Youth Maritime Training Association

Gary Stauffer, Ph.D, is a 33-year fishery scientist (retired) and president of the Youth Maritime Training Association. Here's his advice:

  • Talk with an advisor at a maritime training program or maritime recruiter.
  • Talk with someone currently employed in a maritime career.
  • Research maritime information on the internet.
  • Attend a career fair.
  • If you're in high school, ask an advisor about a maritime job shadowing opportunities or about the YMTA.
  • Get training. Many people don't realize that at-sea maritime jobs require post-secondary training—either state or coast guard certifications—with documented time at sea. No longer can a person without Coast Guard documentation walk the docks looking for an entry-level job on a merchant ship except possibly on a fishing vessel.
  • Find and visit a trade union that matches your skills. It is no longer the case that you can only join a union if your father or grandfather are members. Now, probably 80% of jobs are union-related.
  • Find out if you enjoy the water. If you have no interest in the ocean and no love for the boats, there is no use in exploring a maritime career.

Tips to finding a great job:
Q & A with Gregg Trunnell of the Pacific Maritime Academy

If you put in the work, you will reap the rewards, says Gregg Trunnell, director of the Pacific Maritime Academy and the Workboat Academy in Seattle.

And that's not just optimism speaking.

Unlike with other industries, most maritime promotions are based on training, testing and ratings—not on personality or connections.

Here are his top tips for getting a great job:

1. Educate yourself about the job you want.
2. Educate yourself about the company you want to work for.
3. Create a fabulous cover letter describing why you want the job and what attracts you to the maritime industry.
4. Be persistent. Most maritime managers are seafarers at heart and they're not always very organized. Be the squeaky wheel that eventually gets the grease.

Job Search Sites

WorkSource Seattle/King County

Maritime Employment

Seattle Employment Guide

Washington State Career Bridge

O*NET OnLine

Youth Maritime Training Association


Alaska Job Finder

Cruise Job Finder


Job Monkey

Seattle Employment Guide

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