Deck Officers, Water Transport

(NOC 2273)

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Deck officers, water transport, operate and command ships or self-propelled vessels to transport passengers and cargo on oceans and coastal and inland waters, and supervise and coordinate the activities of deck crews. This group also includes Canadian Coast Guard deck officers. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate stable employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 60 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Deck Officers, Water Transport most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 48% of Deck Officers, Water Transport who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $85,125. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$19.60

Minimum

$34.34

Median

$57.69

Maximum

Annual Pay

$20,281

Minimum

$80,949

Median

$179,235

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Deck officers, water transport, operate and command ships or self-propelled vessels to transport passengers and cargo on oceans and coastal and inland waters, and supervise and coordinate the activities of deck crews. This group also includes Canadian Coast Guard deck officers. They are employed by marine transportation companies and federal government departments.

Job duties

Deck officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Command and operate ships or other self-propelled vessels, such as barges or oil rigs, to transport passengers and cargo.
  • Command and operate coast guard vessels to provide ice-breaking and search and rescue services, and to maintain control over ships operating in Canadian waters.
  • Board vessels at berth or from pilot boats to advise ships' captains on the course to steer for safe passage into and out of ports, seaways or other waterways under pilotage authority.
  • Plan and execute safe navigational passage using navigational aids.
  • Determine geographical position using navigational instruments, maps and charts.
  • Guide vessels in rivers, canals, and other confined or hazardous waters and waterways.
  • Maintain vessels' navigational instruments and equipment.
  • Direct and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo.
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of deck crews.
  • Record vessel progress, crew activities, weather, and sea conditions in the ship's log.

Sample job titles

  • captain - water transport
  • deck officer - water transport
  • ferryboat operator
  • master - water transport
  • master mariner
  • mate - water transport
  • navigation officer - water transport
  • ship first mate
  • ship pilot
  • tugmaster

Skills

To work in these jobs, you should enjoy being at sea. A sense of responsibility and strong leadership qualities are needed. You must be in good health and meet eyesight and colour vision requirements. Problem-solving and decision-making skills are also important. A mechanical aptitude may also be helpful.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Completion of deck officer cadet program from an approved nautical institute or one to three years of experience as a member of a deck crew is required.
  • A deck officer certificate of competency, issued by Transport Canada, is required.
  • For ship pilots, a ship pilot licence and a master certificate of competency are required.

Other considerations

Transport Canada administers a deck officer certification program, consisting of several levels. Progression from one level of certification to the next requires additional experience, training and testing. Mobility between employers is possible for positions requiring the same level of certification. Progression to management positions in transportation is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

525

employed in 2016

96.8%

employed full-time

1.9%

self employed

9.3%
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90.7%
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47.5

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

45.7%

Halifax

20.9%

Southern

18.6%

Cape Breton

8.5%

Northern

4.7%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

47.6%

Transportation and Warehousing

40.0%

Public Administration

2.9%

Support for Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction

1.9%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

1.9%

Professional Business Services

What is the age of Employment?

25.3%

45-54

25.3%

35-44

19.4%

55-64

18.8%

25-34

5.3%

15-24

5.3%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

42.9%

College certificate or diploma

$92,716 median annual income
18.3%

Trades certificate

N/A
15.1%

High school

$64,044 median annual income
11.9%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
6.3%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

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Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Masters and Mates

Not Provincially Regulated: This job may be regulated by a federal regulatory body.

Regulating body:
Transport Canada - Marine Safety Services
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4K2
(855) 859-3123
(902) 426-6657

Contacts

Canadian Coast Guard College
1190 Westmount Road
Sydney, NS B1R 2J6
Tel: (888) 582-9090
Fax: (902) 567-3233

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.