News Release – 15th Annual Maritime Career Day Exceeds Expectations

News Release – 15th Annual Maritime Career Day Exceeds Expectations

SEATTLE – Approximately, more than 650 students and job seekers explored the wide array of maritime companies present at the 15th Annual Maritime Career Day hosted by the Friends of Maritime on May 7. This represents a 38 percent increase in attendance over last year, which organizers attribute to growing interest in family-wage maritime jobs.

Maritime Career Day, which kicked off this year’s Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival, offered a glimpse into the growing and varied maritime job market, one of the largest employment sectors in Washington State. Representatives from industries including trade, transportation, fishing and the public sector showcased their work to attendees. In addition, presenters such as the Divers Institute of Technology, Port of Seattle Police, Seattle Fire Station, Seattle Maritime Academy, Seattle Sea Scouts, and U.S. Coast Guard provided vessel tours and demonstrations.

“The event was a huge success. It allowed students and job seekers see what life might be like working aboard a ship, on the beach in shipyards, or in the offices of the many maritime companies operating in the Seattle area” noted Gary Stauffer, chair of the Friends of Maritime’s planning committee and President of the Youth Maritime Training Association. “Most of the businesses exhibiting at Career Day were accepting applications for entry level jobs and left impressed with the stack of applications from job seekers by the end of the day.”

“We had an overwhelming response to our participation in the event,” mentioned Kristian Uri, general manager at Fishermen’s Finest, one of the 31 companies and organizations that supported the event.

The maritime industry provides around 17,000 direct jobs and contributes about $10 billion to the economy. Seattle is the homeport to the U.S. North Pacific fishing fleet and Seattle is the point of entry for 50 percent of the seafood caught in the United States. Washington State is the most trade dependent state in the country.

Companies Present:

    • Alaskan Leader Fisheries
    • American Seafoods
    •  Argosy Cruise
    •  Bellingham Technical College
    •  California Maritime Academy
    •  Crowley Marine Services
    • Divers Institute and Technology
    • Fisherman’s Finest Inc.
    • Foss
    • Global Diving & Salvage Inc.
    • Harley Marine Services
    • Nichols Brothers Boat Builders
    •  Northwest Marine Trade Association
    •  Ocean Beauty Seafoods
    •  Port of Seattle
    •  Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
    •  Puget Sound Pilots
    •  Safe Boats International
    • Sea Scouts/Yankee Clipper
    •  Seattle Fire Department
    •  Seattle Maritime Academy
    •  Totem Ocean Trailer Express
    •  Trident Seafoods
    •  US Coast Guard
    •  US Merchant Marine Academy
    •  US Navy
    •  US Seafoods
    •  UW School of Oceanography
    •  Vigor Industrial
    •  Workboat Academy
    • YMTA
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