Why get a job in maritime manufacturing?
Take a look around Washington state waterways – Navy bases, recreational boats, ferries, cruise ships, and container ships are everywhere. The Puget Sound area alone has 1,332 miles of coastline - not including the San Juan Islands or the Strait of Juan de Fuca (Puget Sound Factbook, p.16)! All of these vessels, engines, and accessories are built by marine manufacturers and serviced locally.
Jobs in marine manufacturing are here to stay! Employers offer secure, living wage jobs with many skills that are transferable to other industries. In addition, the state, along with industry partners, are innovating to make maritime the most sustainable in the nation.
Maritime Manufacturing Employment in Washington state
- Washington’s maritime sector encompasses 2,300 companies that employ 69,500+ workers.
- 2% of jobs in Washington are maritime-related and an additional 3.8% of the workforce supports the industry.
- The state has the highest per capita boat usage in the nation – 250,000+ watercraft ply Washington’s waterways for business and pleasure.
- Of the 117 shipyards in the U.S., nearly a quarter are located in Washington state.
Source: CHOOSE Washington
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