|Careers in Maritime|
WA led the way in national seaborne trade in 2010/11, handling 53% of Australia’s trade tonnage with a combined throughput of 517 million tonnes and $124 billion in trade value terms. The Port Hedland and Dampier Port Authorities were ranked as the top two tonnage ports in Australia in 2010/11.
Growth in export volumes, including a rise in containerised and non-containerised trade, has increased demand for international sea transport. Increased demand relating to a growth in tourism is projected, which includes passenger cruises and coastal maritime operations. New investment in offshore oil and gas projects will also intensify the need for qualified seafarers.
The list below contains some of the possible positions that can be held in the Maritime industry. Following the links will provide more information on the positions, the associated qualifications and job vacancies in WA.
* Please note that this list is a guide and titles and qualifications can vary.
|Job Title||Qualification||Job Vacancies|
|Coxswain, Deckhand or Integrated Rating||Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating)||Coxswain, Deckhand or Integrated Rating|
|Engineer Watchkeeper||Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper)||Engineer Watchkeeper|
|Harbour Master||Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)||Harbour Master|
|Marine Deck Officer||Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)||Marine Deck Officer|
|Marine Engine Driver||Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3)||Marine Engine Driver|
|Marine Engineer||Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 1)||Marine Engineer|
|Marine Pilot||Marine Pilot Licence||Marine Pilot|
|Ship’s Officer||Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)||Ship’s Officer|
|Navigation Officer||Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)||Ship’s Navigating Officer|
|Ship Planner||Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)||Ship Planner|
|Shipping Manager||Diploma of International Freight Forwarding||Shipping Manager|
|Ship’s Master||Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)||Ships Master|
Census statistics indicate that 30% of workers in this industry have no post school qualifications; 31% have certificate qualifications; 19% have diploma qualifications and 14% have tertiary qualifications. This compares with national statistics which show that 71% of deckhands have no post qualifications, whilst 29% have Certificate III/IV qualifications. 56% of marine transport professionals have diploma or degree qualifications whilst 44% have certificate level qualifications.
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