Career Ladders in the Maritime Industry

Maritime Careers and Intermodel Transportation
Port: A Transportation System: Visit this site to learn more about careers at the Port of Baltimore. Explore Port careers, take the Tech Challenge, and learn why the Port of Baltimore is such a strategically important location for intermodal transportation (the transfer of goods between different methods of transportation).

Maritime and Transportation Careers, Certifications and Salaries
The maritime and transportation industry offers exciting opportunities for well-paying, highly-skilled jobs that pay a good salary, with benefits and a future. Learn about the interesting, challenging and rewarding jobs that are available! This link provides information on specific jobs in the industry, average salaries, and the skills and education needed. Examples of jobs are marine electrician and welder, bridge and lock tender, inside and outside machinists, and more.

SMART Maritime and Career Pathway
There are many ways you can enter the maritime and transportation industry and build a rewarding, well-paying career! Build a career ladder! Take courses or training, earn a certificate, and keep moving up! Visit this link to learn explore the many paths to a career in the maritime and transportation industry. Whether you are in high school, have graduated from high school, are a worker looking for a new line of work, or taking community college courses, there is a pathway for you!

The industry encompasses four main segments: seagoing, shipbuilding and ship repair, recreational boating, and ports and logistics. Employers in all four segments of the industry have a critical need for technicians and many offer on-the-job training, credentialing, and formal registered apprenticeship programs that offer workers the opportunity to learn a trade under a craft supervisor, earn a good salary and benefits, and earn academic college credit for classroom work done toward completion of the program and a national industry credential (the DOLI Journeyman card).

SMART Military to Maritime Career Pathways
The skill and experience you earned in the military is invaluable to employers in the maritime and transportation industry. Your choice is how to begin your new career in the private sector supporting our nation’s economy and military. The pathway in this link outlines the steps to you can take to enter the maritime and transportation industry career and academic pathway, progressing to higher levels of responsibility, pay, and benefits.

Port of Baltimore – Anne Arundel Community College
Learn more about Anne Arundel Community College’s programs and certificates in Transportation, Logistics and Cargo Security. Find out more about their partnership with SMART and the opportunities this offers you. SMART, the Southeast Maritime Transportation Center serves as a model for “preparing a sustainable, globally prepared maritime and transportation workforce for the 21st century.”

Why Consider a Maritime Career?

Maritime and Transportation Knowledge Center
Visit this link for additional resources on maritime and transportation education and training, journals and periodicals, and more! Read the career guide, A Roadmap to Career Pathways in Logistics and Transportation.

Port of Virginia link
Learn more about the Port of Virginia, including internship and employment opportunities.

Baltimore Port Alliance – Job Opportunities Subcommittee


Exploring Maritime Careers

33 Careers in BOLD are currently included on the MPA/MPT “Thinkport” website and most include:

  • Primary job tasks (33)
  • Knowledge and skills required (33)
  • Training and education (33)
  • Salary (25 of 33)
  • Future job prospects (25 of 33)
  • Links to MHEC educational programs (25 of 33) How current is this information?
  • Links to America’s Career Info Net career videos (25 of 33)
  • Video interviews of local employees (8 positions in RED)

Maryland Port Administration Available Jobs Site

O*NET Codes

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is used by public employment service offices to classify and place job seekers. The more than 800 O*NET job titles and codes are structured to reflect the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification System, used by federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting and disseminating data. For more information, see

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