job outlook
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People are adapting . Case in point... Turning Downtime Into Job Offers , an article
from the New York Times shows how people make the most of their job search time.
Some are exploiting
job fairs and others are polishing resumes and cover letters.
The Department of Labor Outlook for Maritime Employment
According to the Department of Labor, employment in water transportation
occupations is projected to grow faster than average. Good job opportunities are
expected. Employment change. Employment in water transportation occupations is
projected to grow 16 percent over the 2006-2016 period, faster than the average for
all occupations. Job growth will stem from increasing tourism and growth in offshore
oil and gas production. Employment will also increase in and around major port
cities due to rapidly increasing international trade.

Vessels that operate between U.S. ports are required by law to be U.S.-flagged
vessels. The staffing needs for several new U.S. flagged cruise ships that will travel
to the Hawaiian Islands will create new opportunities for employment. In addition,
increasing use of ferries to handle commuter traffic around major metropolitan
areas should increase employment.

Problems with congestion in the rail transportation system will increase demand for
inland water transportation. Good job opportunities will result from growth and the
need to replace those leaving the occupation. Most water transportation occupations
require workers to be away from home for extended periods of time, causing some
to leave these jobs. Maritime academy graduates who have not found licensed
shipboard jobs in the U.S. merchant marine find jobs in related industries. Many
academy graduates are ensigns in the Naval or Coast Guard Reserve; some are
selected or apply for active duty in those branches of the Service. Some find jobs as
seamen on U.S.-flagged or foreign-flagged vessels, tugboats, and other watercraft
or enter civilian jobs with the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard. Some take land-based jobs
with shipping companies, marine insurance companies, manufacturers of boilers or
related machinery, or other related jobs.

Source: United States Department of Labor
Others are targeting regions or trades, i.e  gulf coast jobs or shipyard jobs. And
some have just said to heck with STCW certifications, TWIC cards and decided to
jobs as census takers. We don't know what the future holds, but below is what
the U.S. Department of Labor says about the job prospects in the maritime industry.
We know it's no picnic
out there. Although
some guys will brag
about not knowing
where to put all the
money from their
overtime checks,
there are plenty of
people having a
rough time for one
reason or another...
be it the closing of a
factory, relocation of a
business overseas,
or other factors.
Such unexpected twists and turns of the economy have forced people to adapt to