Doesn’t everyone captivated by the sea want to find a way to spend more time on the water? Or, if really fortunate, make it a career? We know many sailors among us work on tugs, ships, ferries, or in the ports and shipyards ringing the Bay. Despite the attraction and the presence of good-paying jobs, the New York Times reports on the shortage of workers in the commercial maritime world. If Latitude 38‘s Job Opportunities section is any indication, we’d say the same is true for recreational marine businesses on the West Coast.
The NY Times reports most of these maritime jobs have traditionally been filled by men, and with male participation in the labor force declining while female participation is climbing, there are many good jobs out there seeking applicants. At sea, the ratio of men to women in the maritime trades is five to one, but with jobs ashore, the ratio is more evenly balanced.
Outside of the commercial maritime trades, there are numerous jobs for craftsmen, yard workers and others servicing the recreational marine industry up and down the coast. The endlessly changing world of the working waterfront is looking for people who want outdoor, hands-on work instead of work with a keyboard and mouse. That could be teaching sailing at a local sailing school, welding sheet metal at a local yard, or crossing an ocean on a ship or tug. There are many jobs for sailors who don’t ever want to get too far from the water.