Take charge of marine vessels on the high seas.
A Harbor Pilot is an Air Traffic Controller for the sea, minus the part where they doze off in the middle of a shift. As a merchant ship pulls into port, the Harbor Pilot climbs aboard and helps guide it safely to shore. During this process, the ship’s Captain never relinquishes control. Instead, he relies on the Harbor Pilot’s knowledge of the port’s nooks and crannies for safe navigation.
Ship Captains earn six-figure salaries; as a Harbor Pilot, you make more. Though handsomely paid and well respected, the job isn’t without its challenges.
Some days, you work 12- or 13-hour shifts, directing incoming and outgoing ship traffic. Should a container ship rear-end an oil tanker, you can expect more than a few inquiries by members of the local and national media. A decent level of physical fitness is required, as you’ll be climbing a ladder each time you board a new ship.
Unlike related jobs that require substantial travel, Harbor Pilots get to live near the harbors they’ve come to know so intimately. Another plus is meeting crewmembers from different parts of the world. When they arrive, it’s your team’s responsibility to ensure they’re authorized to set foot inside the country.
And the biggest perk of all? The ocean is your office!