It’s fair to say there couldn’t be a more exciting time to start thinking about developing a career in the shipping industry. Like most sectors, the maritime industry is undergoing great changes, and indeed facing great challenges, when it comes to harnessing new technologies. Anyone looking at entry level maritime jobs no doubt already has a sense of adventure, so this particular point in time promises to offer great scope in which to forge a prosperous and exciting career at sea.

One of the best things about jobs in shipping companies is that you are quite literally spoiled for choice. Jobs in the maritime industry are varied and can encompass everything from hard physical labour at sea to being shore based and involved in anything from brokerage to naval architecture. If you have an interest in all things mechanical, a job as a marine engineer or cargo engineer might be just what you’re looking for. If manual work is more your thing, you could look at shipping jobs such as oil driller or pump man. If you want to enter the maritime industry but prefer to keep your feet on solid land, seeking a role as anything from a maritime lawyer to a marine underwriter and from a maritime consultant to a ship banker may pique your interest.

But let’s be honest, none of us work for free so those with an interest in finding the top paying maritime jobs may want to read on!

Of course, being the captain of a cruise ship is a job that is seen as one imbued with prestige and glamour - whether or not the reality lives up to the hype. But there are plenty of other maritime careers salaries that will provide for a very comfortable standard of living. Of course a lucrative job is one we can all dream of but it’s just as important to find a career that is truly rewarding, as well one that provides a decent level of remuneration.

Those with the right qualifications and a penchant for the technical aspects of shipping might like to consider a role as a chief or second engineer. A marine engineering job description includes designing, testing, building, and then repairing everything on board a ship. It’s interesting and it’s one of the top paying maritime jobs to boot. Of course the level of compensation for maritime jobs, as with any industry, is normally in direct correlation with a candidate’s education and skill level. But that doesn’t mean that maritime career pathways have to be closed off to entry level seafarers as many jobs, such as that of an ordinary seaman, offer great opportunities for career growth.

Of course there are still a set of very distinct criteria needed for all seafarers, whether they’re applying for entry level maritime jobs or are a seasoned mariner looking to upgrade their CV. Obviously the requirements for seafarers differ according to the type of maritime employment and the skill sets and experience of the seafarer in question. For example, while all mariners will need to be in possession of specialist maritime qualifications to work at sea, clearly the requirements for a captain / master or deck officer will differ greatly to that of an able seaman, roughneck or ship fitter.

At Martide we often post vacancies for marine engineers, including chief engineers and second engineers. Anyone thinking of applying for these roles should be in possession of the relevant qualifications and training such as a degree, or HND or HNC. Of course to succeed in any shipping jobs, personality and temperament play a huge part. It doesn’t matter whether a crew member is a bosun, a ship’s doctor or part of the catering team, certain attributes are a must. These can, depending on the job, be anything from having great project management skills, to being able to work to a rigid time frame or pressured deadline, to being able to cope with months away at sea.

Maritime career opportunities are available for anyone thinking of taking their first steps on the ladder. At Martide we pride ourselves as being one of the first places ship owners and managers look when placing job adverts for ship crew. And we’re also known as a solution for seafarers when it comes to recruitment in the maritime industry. Whichever side you’re on, as an employer or a maritime professional you need to know that the vacancies you post are reaching the right audience. Or that the employment you seek is being handled by a specialised professional dealing in agency careers involving ocean life.

It’s no trade secret to know that maritime career pathways take quite a different route to those of more ‘traditional’, land based careers, which is why you need to work with someone who knows how this very niche sector operates in terms of recruitment. Anyone looking for maritime employment should take a look at our cargo ship job vacancies. And those looking to fill crewing positions will love our seamless software solution that enables easy sourcing and evaluation of candidates and tracking of applicants.

Despite ships being one of the most dependable and safest ways to travel and transport cargo, needless to say accidents can, and do, happen. Sadly the vast majority of these accidents are all down to mistakes made by crew. It therefore goes without saying that seafarer training is very much something that should be at the top of every ship owner or manager’s agenda. The very nature of shipping as an industry means that crew members from a variety of countries will normally be working alongside one another. But that also means that standards of training can vary depending where they received their education. The IMO STCW Convention was enforced in April 1984 and initiated the need to have key minimum requirements with regards to training and certification for officers, as well as implementing international ratings. Crucially all countries are obliged to meet or exceed these requirements. But with the introduction of innovative and disruptive technologies the shape of shipping is changing.

That means the requirements for seafarers are changing too and training that is related to a particular job for a container ship may very well need to evolve inline with the latest technology. After all, excellent maritime career opportunities are out there - and now training for seafarers needs an upgrade to match that level of excellence.