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Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
Quick Facts : Marine Engineers and Naval Architects*
2010 Median Pay$79,920
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20125,900
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change1,000


Marine engineers and naval architects design, build, and maintain ships from aircraft carriers to submarines, from sailboats to tankers. Marine engineers work on the mechanical systems, such as propulsion and steering. Naval architects work on the basic design, including the form and stability of hulls.

What Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Do

  • Prepare system layouts and detailed drawings and schematics
  • Inspect marine equipment and machinery to draw up work requests and job specifications
  • Prepare technical reports for use by engineers, managers, or sales personnel
  • Prepare cost estimates, schedules for design and construction, and contract specifications
  • Maintain contact with contractors to be sure the work is being done correctly, on schedule, and within budget

Work Environment

Marine engineers and naval architects held about 5,900 jobs in 2010. They typically work in offices, where they have access to computer software and other tools necessary for analyzing projects and designing solutions. Sometimes, they must go to sea on the ships to test them or maintain them.
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Job Outlook

Employment of marine engineers and naval architects is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the need to design ships and systems to transport energy products worldwide will spur employment growth for this occupation.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of marine engineers and naval architects was $79,920.
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Marine Engineers and Naval Architects*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

79920

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

71525.1724

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects*
Percent Change in Employment

Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

16.9492

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

13.188106742398492

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

Marine engineers and naval architects must have a bachelor's degree in marine engineering, naval architecture, or marine systems engineering. Employers also value practical experience, so cooperative engineering programs, which provide college credit for structured job experience, are valuable.
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