Careers at Sea
Are you a natural born leader? The job of Master Mariner could be a perfect fit for you. After completing four years of training at the Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ), and after having gained experience at sea as a Navigation Officer, you may find yourself in charge of a ship.
As Master Mariner, your main responsibilities will include managing operations, the ship’s safety, your crew, as well as the cargo and/or passengers. In addition to some legal and administrative tasks, you will be the officer in charge of representing the ship-owner and you will be called upon to make final decisions regarding problem-solving and possible emergencies.
This is a highly rewarding, human-centered career where you can put your analytical skills, leadership and critical thinking skills to work. Your career will evolve depending on your assignments, the size of ship you are commanding and the challenges you choose to take on!
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Oversee the entire vessel’s operation and ensure it is safe for crew, cargo and passengers
Master Mariner certificate and experience at sea
DCS in Navigation (IMQ) or the equivalent in professional training
$90,000 to $150,000
It is possible to move from Deckhand to Master Mariner without going through the regular academic path by combining sea service and continuing professional education that will allow you upgrade your certification. Your career may even lead you to a teaching career at IMQ or CFMU!