Barge Captains


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Barge Captains

Barge Captains - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Ship captains and mates who work for transportation companies may work on deep-sea merchant ships, tugs, ferries, or dredges. They may work on rivers, canals, and other waterways. Some captains work in marine construction. For example, they may direct the survey or dredging of a canal. Captains work on a variety of passenger boats. They may work on cruise ships, casinos, or sightseeing boats.

Major employers:

  • Cargo and passenger transportation companies
  • Towing companies

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to grow faster than average as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 recession. Changes in the demand for bulk commodities, such as petroleum products, iron ore, and grains, influences the demand for water transportation workers. When demand slows, so does the need for workers.

Job openings occur as people retire or leave the occupation for other reasons.

Ship Captains and Mates (CIS 100450)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
1,289
Small
&
-0.9%
2.4%
>>>>
121
Few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
1.2%
>>>>
0
Few
  Cook County
540
Small
&
-12.0%
0.6%
>>>>
42
None
  Decatur Area
201
Medium
&
0.5%
5.5%
>>>>
19
Few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
21
Very small
&
-14.3%
2.5%
>>>>
1
None
  Du Page County
259
Small
&
12.0%
3.3%
>>>>
29
High
  Edwardsville Area
13
Very small
&
46.2%
5.5%
>>>>
2
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
9
Very small
&
11.1%
5.8%
>>>>
1
High
  Lake County
15
Very small
&
-6.7%
1.9%
>>>>
1
Very few
  McHenry County
5
Very small
&
0.0%
2.9%
>>>>
0
Few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
1.0%
>>>>
0
Few
  Northwest Illinois Area
21
Very small
&
28.6%
2.6%
>>>>
4
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
23
Very small
&
8.7%
-1.9%
>>>>
3
Very High
  Rockford Area
8
Very small
&
-12.5%
0.9%
>>>>
0
None
  Springfield Area
11
Very small
&
0.0%
0.0%
>>>>
1
Moderate
  St Louis-Belleville Area
57
Very small
&
-15.8%
-1.7%
>>>>
4
None
  Will County
62
Very small
&
1.6%
4.1%
>>>>
6
Few
United States
29,900
Small
&
13.4%
7.7%
>>>>
3,600
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.