Jobs for Licensed Marine Deck Officers
- Officer-in-Charge of a Navigational Watch– this job involves responsibilities regarding avoidance of collision and grounding, as well as watchkeeping at sea.
- Chief Mate– also called the First Mate or First Officer, a Chief Mate serves as the head of the deck department of a merchant vessel. This job involves being in charge of the ships cargo and deck crew.
- Master Mariner– this job entails serving as the person in command of a commercial ship or vessel.
- Merchant Marine Officer– this job entails serving as officers or ship crew whose duties include navigation, operation of engines, electronics and radio communication, as well as providing food for the ships crew.
- Maritime Education and Training Officer– this job is like being a professor or instructor and involves training other students to become competent marine deck officers.
- Philippine Coast Guard Officer– this involves working in the maritime security organization in the Philippines, whose role is to conduct search and rescue operations, to enforce Philippine Maritime Laws, to ensure the safety of ships and vessels, to maintain seamarks, as well as to maintain border control. Examples of positions in the Philippine Coast Guard are Seaman Second Class, Seaman First Class, Petty Officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Petty Officer, and Lieutenant Senior Grade.
- Naval Officer– this involves working at the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This involves protecting the country from terrorists and sea piracy, conducting underwater reconnaissance, capturing enemy targets, as well as collecting intelligence information. Examples of positions in the Philippine Navy are Radioman, Third Class, Electricians Mate, First Class, Seaman First, Hospital Corpsman, and Gunners Mate Chief.
Career Opportunities Abroad
There are job opportunities abroad for marine officers and seamen.
Since graduates of BS in Marine Transportation can pursue different careers, the salary varies greatly. According to the International Labor Organizations (ILO) Subcommittee on Wages of Seafarers, the approved consolidated minimum wage as of December 2013 ranges from USD 1,028 3,462 per month, depending on the rank/position.