Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sailors and marine oilers 33,000
Ship engineers 15,000
Motorboat operators 3,000
About 40 percent of all workers were employed in water transportation services. About 17 percent worked in inland water transportation-primarily the Mississippi River system-while the other 23 percent were employed in water transportation on the deep seas, along the coasts, and on the Great Lakes. Another 24 percent worked in establishments related to port and harbor operations, marine cargo handling, or navigational services to shipping. Governments employed 9 percent of all water transportation workers, many of whom worked on supply ships and are civilian mariners of the Navy Department's Military Sealift Command.