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August 22, 2008

Maritime academy grads find jobs

Approximately 85 percent of 2008 graduates with merchant marine licenses from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and six state maritime academies have found employment afloat in the maritime industry or in the U.S. military, according to data released by the Maritime Administration today.

"This data indicates that the job market for merchant marine officers remains robust," said U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton. "There is a growing, worldwide demand for fully-trained merchant marine officers and licensed mariners. Excellent training combined with ongoing global trade expansion will continue to make the graduates of U.S. maritime colleges among the most qualified and employable mariners in the world.

Total employment for 2008 licensed graduates is already more than 95 percent. This number includes those who have found shoreside employment in the maritime industry. One of the academies, Great Lakes in Traverse City, Michigan, has placed 100 percent of its 2008 graduates in maritime afloat employment.

The Maritime Administration operates the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and provides funding and training ships to Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, California, Great Lakes Maritime Academies, and the State University of New York Maritime College. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy, and the state maritime academies are all part of their respective state higher education systems.

Employment for 2008 Graduates of U.S. Maritime Colleges: August 2008

ACADEMY California Maine Great Lakes Massachusetts SUNY Texas USMMA TOTAL
TOTAL GRADUATES (graduate and undergraduate) 131 169 30 214 268 44 211 1,067
License Grads 97 86 30 112 137 42 211 715
Active Duty Armed Forces 5 3 0 4 32 2 48 95
Maritime Afloat 61 49 30 73 93 28 142 476
Maritime Ashore 13 11 0 16 49 0 19 108
Armed Forces Reserves 7 3 1 20 15 2 163 211
Graduate School 1 0 0 0 8 0 1 10
Other 51 106 0 121 86 14 1 379

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