Marine Surveyors survey machines and hulls of ships to ensure they are constructed, equipped and maintained according to safety standards, rules and regulations laid down by marine authorities.
Examines and approves design plans of hulls and equipment such as main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and air-conditioning plant and pumping systems.
Conducts periodic surveys throughout a ship's life to ensure standards are maintained.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Marine Transport Professionals, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 82% of people employed as Marine Surveyors work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 16 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 45 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Marine Surveyors work in the Professional, scientific and technical services industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Marine Surveyors||All Jobs Average|
Around 64% of Marine Surveyors live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Marine Surveyors is 51 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 2% of the workforce. This is 46 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Marine Surveyors||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||10.2||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A formal qualification in marine surveying is usually needed to work as a Marine Surveyor. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
Registration with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is required.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Maritime VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Marine Surveyors||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||11.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Marine Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people and are reliable.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Using maths to solve problems.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
61%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
59%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
55%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
52%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
84%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
57%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
55%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
51%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
50%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
49%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
48%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
47%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
45%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
44%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
38%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Read and understand written information.
Communicate by speaking.
66%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
61%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are far away.
48%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
72%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
71%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
71%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
71%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
70%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
70%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
70%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
68%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
68%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
68%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
68%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
68%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
66%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
66%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
64%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
61%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
61%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
50%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Talk on the telephone.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
85%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
85%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
85%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Work with people in a group or team.
80%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
79%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Work to strict deadlines.
77%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
77%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
76%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
74%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
72%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
70%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
70%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
67%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
67%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
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