There are currently an estimated 38,800 shipmates in the United States. The shipmate job market is expected to grow by 8.8% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are shipmates?

CareerExplorer rates shipmates with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 10,100 shipmates. That number is based on 3,400 additional shipmates, and the retirement of 6,700 existing shipmates.

What’s the supply of shipmates?

The shipmate industry is concentrated in Louisiana, Florida, Texas

Shipmate job market by state

State Name Employed Shipmates
Louisiana 6,290
Florida 5,650
Texas 2,820
Virginia 2,060
New York 1,850
Washington 1,800
Hawaii 1,190
Kentucky 1,110
Illinois 1,100
Mississippi 910
Alaska 750
Tennessee 700
Maryland 540
New Jersey 480
South Carolina 420
Massachusetts 380
Indiana 350
Pennsylvania 330
North Carolina 310
Oregon 280
Georgia 270
Ohio 270
Connecticut 240
Michigan 190
Virgin Islands 190
Puerto Rico 180
Alabama 170
Maine 160
Arkansas 160
Wisconsin 140
Rhode Island 130
Delaware 80
Iowa 70
Minnesota 60
New Hampshire 50