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Maritime Studies Major

15 yearly degrees
#357 in popularity
$66,000 median salary

Maritime studies is a major that typically falls into the Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in maritime studies, 1 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 1 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Maritime Studies Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in maritime studies in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 70% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of maritime studies majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 10%
  • Black or African American: 10%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 20%
  • White: 60%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0%
  • Other Races: 0%
Maritime Studies Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in maritime studies. About 0% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending maritime studies majors to the U.S. are China, Nigeria and Netherlands.

What Will You Learn as a Maritime Studies Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to maritime studies to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Maritime Studies Majors

A major in maritime studies should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Maritime Studies Majors

Skills for Maritime Studies Majors

When studying maritime studies, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Maritime Studies Majors

Abilities for Maritime Studies Majors

As you progress with your maritime studies degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for maritime studies Majors

What Can You Do With a Maritime Studies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with maritime studies:

Careers Related to Maritime Studies
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary







Maritime Studies Major Salary

Maritime studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $66,000 to $77,000. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Maritime Studies Major  ( 66000 to 77000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Maritime Studies Major Jobs

Some careers associated with maritime studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for maritime studies careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Maritime Studies
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Maritime Studies Programs

There are 1 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in maritime studies, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Maritime Studies Major Worth It?

The median salary for a maritime studies grad is $66,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 71% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $549,600 after 20 years!

maritime studies salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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