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Career and Education Opportunities for Ship's Captains in Florida

Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its biggest city is Jacksonville.

There are currently 3,150 working ship's captains in Florida; this should grow 12% to about 3,540 working ship's captains in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for ship's captains are expected to grow by about 17.3%. Ship's captains generally command vessels in oceans, bays, and coastal waters.

Income for ship's captains is about $26 per hour or $54,330 annually on average in Florida. Nationally, their income is about $29 per hour or $61,960 yearly. Incomes for ship's captains are better than in the overall category of Nautical in Florida, and better than the overall Nautical category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. About 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the Hands On Childrens Museum, and the Crosby J Ellis Jr LBR.

CITIES WITH Ship's Captain OPPORTUNITIES IN Florida


JOB DESCRIPTION: Ship's Captain

Ship's Captain video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, ship's captains command vessels in oceans, bays, and coastal waters.

Every day, ship's captains are expected to be able to understand events and object details at a distance. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Florida include:

  • Airline Pilot. Pilot and navigate the flight of multi-engine aircraft in regularly scheduled service for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport rating and certification in specific aircraft type used.
  • Ship Pilot. Command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, and sounds, and on rivers, lakes, and bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.
  • Truck Driver. Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 GVW, to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. May be required to unload truck. May require use of automated routing equipment. Requires commercial drivers' license.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Florida

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Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its biggest city is Jacksonville. In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. About 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Fish Mania, the Mike S Aquatics, and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.