Date Added: Jan 2010
Ships are very complex vessels and a variety of workers are required for the necessary operation and maintenance. Boatswains are members of ships that supervise a variety of members on the deck department of ships. Boatswains typically need at least a high school diploma, but most employers prefer applicants with formal training. Many training programs take approximately one year to complete. Many boatswains complete training through the Merchant Marines. Employment of boatswains is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 15% from 2008 to 2018. The growing population and increase in tourism will drive job growth.