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Marine Transportation

603 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#188 in Popularity
$75,710 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Marine Transportation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many marine transportation graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 823
Bachelor’s Degree 603
Undergraduate Certificate 313
Associate’s Degree 57

What Marine Transportation Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to marine transport were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Marine Transport Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in marine transport should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills for Marine Transport Majors

When studying marine transport, 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:

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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Marine Transport Majors

A major in marine transport will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Marine Transportation Major?

People with a marine transport degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Commercial Divers 9.8% $49,140
Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge 8.8% $69,180
Pilots, Ship 8.8% $69,180
Ship and Boat Captains 8.8% $69,180
Ship Engineers 6.9% $71,130

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Transportation?

603 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
12% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 603 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation in 2018, making it rank #188 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 88% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of marine transport majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Marine Transport Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 52
White 467
International Students 20
Other Races/Ethnicities 31

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Marine Transport. About 3.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Panama
  • South Korea
  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Turkey

How Much Do Marine Transportation Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in marine transport was $77,900 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $72,950 (25th percentile) and $88,400 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to marine transport.

Salaries According to BLS

Marine Transport majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $59,470 to $82,380 (25th to 75th percentile). 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, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with marine transport 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to marine transport have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 34.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 43.8%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 5.9%
Master’s Degree 0.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.6%

Online Marine Transportation Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 31 schools offered some type of marine transportation program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 16 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 13 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 16 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Marine Transportation Worth It?

The median salary for a marine transport grad is $75,710 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 90% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $716,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to marine transport.

Major Number of Grads
Ground Transportation 18,270
Air Transportation 7,977
Other Transportation & Materials Moving 31

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