Chances you are have likely never considered a career in the maritime and transportation industry. The maritime and transportation industry is still too-often wrongly considered a "man's world" but time, technology, and global competition has changed all of that. Today's ports, marinas, shipyards, and ships require highly-skilled technicians to perform a wide variety of  challenging, well-paying jobs. And today's maritime and transportation employers are seeking out women to fill those roles to earn a good wage, benefits, and the reward of doing a job that's building our nation and protecting our citizens at the same time. 

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There are four segments of the maritime and transportation industry.

  • The shipbuilding and ship repair industry constructs, maintains, repairs, and overhauls our nation's naval vessels, cargo ships, cruise lines, and more.
  • The pleasure craft and boating segment of the industry includes recreational boating on powerboats, sailboats, or man-powered vessels such as rowboats, kayaks, and canoes.
  • All maritime vessels require ports and logistics services - ports are locations where vessels can dock to offload or onload cargo and people, as well as get needed supplies and service. Logistics is the process of managing the resources coming on and off those boats.
  • Seagoing occupations involve actually going to sea on boats and vessels of all types.


While each segment is unique many of the technician jobs can easily transfer between segments. That means that if you have the education, training, and experience you can find a job in cities across the country that require your skill! Benefits of working in the maritime and transportation industry can include:

  • Good, competitive wage and opportunities for advancement
  • Employer benefits such as health insurance, retirement savings plans, paid vacation and holidays
  • Ability to train under a craft supervisor for invaluable on-the-job training
  • The opportunity to have your employer pay for 2- or 4-year college courses (through college reimbursement plans) that award academic credit