Read to know, how to start a career with Shipping Jobs?


If travelling makes you happy and thought of a sea often fascinates you, then shipping job cab be the best profession for you. The profession of a mariner is mostly filled with adventure, travel to foreign ports and experience of different cultures. The scope of Shipping jobs has increased many folds in India since past many years due to continuous increment in purchase of ships from domestic and international players.

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Best way to start career with Shipping Jobs

The shipping industry has various opportunities for potential candidates. Shipping and logistics can be an advantageous job option one may pursue to gain immense exposure and earn great money. Most candidates pursue their studies first and then start their career but there are a few who find valid trainee programs and gain practical experience which can be beneficial for one to find a permanent job. To form a successful career in Shipping jobs one should be good in two skills i.e. good planning and leadership.

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Once a candidate completes his degree, they may join government or public shipping companies and various port agencies in India and abroad. If one is a Marine engineer, he or she may also form a career in merchant navy.   

Education Qualification:

Pursing a relevant course is important to start a career in shipping and marine industry. The students who take up science as a major subject in class 12th are allowed to take up any valid course for this career. As most of us are not fully aware of the courses they may opt for so, the major courses that can be pursed are as follows:

Bachelor Courses:

  • B.Sc. in Ship Building and Repair
  • B.Sc. In Maritime Science
  • BTech. /B.E. In Marine Engineering

Masters Courses

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in shipping and logistics
  • MBA in international Transportation and Logistics Management
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Port and Shipping Management
  • MTech. In Marine Engineering
  • M.Sc. in international Shipping and Logistics
  • M.Sc. In Shipping Trade and Finance

Diploma Courses

  • Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • Diploma in Logistics and Shipping
  • Diploma in Nautical Science
  • Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • Diploma in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering

These are the courses that one may opt to start a career in any specific domain of shipping industry. To get an admission in these courses one needs to give an entrance exam for CAT/MAT/XAT/GATE/JEE Mains/IMU CET. Based on a relevant course one should apply for one of these entrance tests.

Skills Required to get shipping jobs

  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical Ability
  • Decision Making and Processing Ability
  • Willingness to work and learn
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation and passion for industry
  • Self-Motivation
  • Industry Knowledge
  • Confidence

Career in Shipping Industry

Shipping jobs have various opportunities for candidates who have the right skills and can work under pressure and away from home country. Shipping plays a major role in international trade and because of this there are various job opportunities that this field offers. These are as follows:

  • Marine Engineer
  • Deck Officer
  • Deck Cadet
  • Cook Marine
  • Steward
  • Port Captain
  • General Crew
  • Chief Engineer
  • Manager Port logistics
  • Associate Director
  • Documentation Executive  

Compensation in Shipping Jobs

The candidates who start their career with shipping jobs earn a handsome amount of money, as it is quite difficult to survive solely in water for longer durations without your family. Usually a captain earns a total of Rs.6,00,000 to Rs. 9,00,000 per month, whereas the others also earn according to the charge, knowledge and set salary scales in Shipping Industry.