Over 15,000 kilometres of coastline and Kiwis’ great love of the water offer many opportunities to build a career in the maritime sector

Careers information

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What does it involve?

People involved in the New Zealand maritime industry work on or support New Zealand’s fleet of commercial and naval vessels. Vessels include passenger vessels, superyachts, commercial fishing vessels, charter boats, coastal freight ships, tankers, and navy ships.

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How could I get into the industry

There are many entry-level roles in the industry. These include working as a deckhand on a charter, passenger, fishing or other commercial vessel, or in the hospitality sector of the industry. If you want to enter the industry, doing a course through a training provider can also help open the door.

What kind of jobs could I do?

The maritime industry offers many career options. Jobs include:

  • Maritime Crew
  • Fishing hand
  • Hospitality crew (working in food production/entertainment on ships)
  • Marine engineer
  • Ships officer/skipper (managing a vessel and crew).

How much could I earn?

  • Per Year (newly qualified)

    $30k- $50k