U.S. Maritime Administration
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Department/Agency: U.S. Maritime Administration
As an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the mission of the Maritime Administration is to promote the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation’s domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of serving as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency.
From the U.S. Martime Administration website
Pay: GS-5 to GS-15 (Projected 2010 GS Scale: $27,810 to $131,305)
Education Required: Most positions require at minimum a four-year college degree or equivalent work experience.
Maritime careers typically belong to one of the following shipboard departments:
State Maritime Academies
The Maritime Administration vigorously supports maritime training and education programs. Our intent is to improve the quality of the U.S. maritime industry through improved services to the people who serve at sea and those who work ashore in diverse professions such as shipbuilding, steamship company operations and port operations. Recent events in the world have required the Maritime Administration to address an array of security and training issues to provide a safer and more efficient operation of the merchant marine of the United States.
There are six State Martime Academies (SMA’s) across the country:
- Maine Maritime Academy
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy
- Great Lakes Maritime Academy
- Texas Maritime Academy
- and the State University of New York Maritime College.