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Embarking on a career journey in the marine transportation sector may not be something you’ve thought much about (or at all!). That’s ok! That’s why we’re here. It turns out that while many young people have a positive impression of marine and believe it offers interesting and fulfilling work, 40% ‘have never heard anything’ about its wide variety of careers.

Canadian marine career opportunities are as diverse and unique as you. Whether you are interested in marine navigation, engineering, the environment, technology, security, logistics, professional services, tourism or the trades – there is a place for you.


You can expect plenty of job security and career growth potential when you join the marine sector. Whether you start your career on ship or on shore – marine expertise is in hot demand! Salaries and benefits for both young professionals and secondary career seekers are very competitive. Entry-level positions on a ship, for example, (requiring only short training courses) earn as much as $60 000 and offer the opportunity to continue gaining experience and training to rise through the ranks. Navigation officers and marine engineers start at more than $100,000/year and this figure increases to $200,000 a year for Captains!
The average salary in Canadian shipyards is 30% higher than the manufacturing average
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Did you know that marine shipping is already Canada’s greenest mode of transport? In just 10 years, domestic ship operators have already reduced C02 emissions by 19%, and invested $2 billion to improve fuel efficiency and decrease air emissions with new eco vessels. Marine organizations from vessel operators, ports, and the Seaway to terminals and shipyards go above and beyond standard regulations through voluntary certification programs like Green Marine. Join marine and become a part of the green wave!
A single ship carries the same amount of cargo as 301 rail cars, or 963 trucks.
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Marine careers can range from standard office hours, to shift work in a 24/7 operation to working aboard a vessel for weeks at a time and then having an extended period of time off to focus on family and personal interests. Maritime work can be an option for anyone pursuing job flexibility. If you think you know what the inside of a ship looks like in 2022, you may be in for a surprise! Many of today’s ships are equipped with amenities like gyms, personal accommodations, Wi-Fi, and tv/gaming systems to make your time onboard feel more like home.
Young people rank lifestyle the 3rd most important factor when choosing a career.
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The marine industry is an ideal choice if you’re considering a career in STEM or STEAM, and many post-secondary institutions have developed programs for ocean and maritime-specific technologies. Cutting-edge technology, data, and engineering are more important than ever as the industry works to meet its decarbonization targets and develop lasting climate solutions. Advanced marine technology has already contributed to improved ship performance, Smart ships, electric shore power, and underwater radiated noise (URN) pollution reduction for wildlife. Kickstart your STEM journey alongside industry experts, mentors, and thought leaders!
Marine technology contributes to improved ship performance, Smart ships, electric shore power, and underwater radiated noise (URN) pollution reduction for wildlife.
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Working on the water has long been synonymous with a life of adventure, and for good reason! Seafaring careers offer so many one-of-a-kind experiences, like traveling Canada and its breathtaking coasts, rivers, Arctic regions, and majestic Great Lakes. You might be surprised by how exciting and alluring life at sea can be and the stories and life lessons it will teach you. Every day onboard a ship is different, and strong bonds are made among crew mates as they work together to take on each new challenge. [LINK TO VID]. Many seafarers report that seeing stars at night over the water is an unforgettable feeling unlike any other.
The Coast Guard employs 4,554 personnel on land and sea.
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We get it. Nobody wants a boring job. Thankfully, marine careers are some of the most dynamic available. The multi-faceted nature of marine jobs will keep you engaged and fulfilled, and challenging work both at shore and on the water will keep you feeling rewarded. Initiatives like the Oceans Protection Plan promote safer water traffic, incident prevention and response, and stronger partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities.
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