This is part of a series reviewing industries that have experienced greater than 40% employment growth since 2007. Click here to see the summary. Data and analysis comes from Analyst and EMSI’s latest data release (2011.4). Contact Rob Sentz (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. You can also follow EMSI @DesktopEcon.
For the past few months we have been combing our database looking for industries that are either showing signs of life or are doing well despite economic mayhem. Here is one that might surprise you.
Deep Sea Passenger Transportation
According to its NAICS code (483112), “This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing deep sea transportation of passengers to or from foreign ports.” It is inclusive of things like: cruise lines (i.e., deep sea passenger transportation to or from foreign ports), deep sea passenger transportation to or from foreign ports, ship chartering with crew, and deep sea passenger transportation to or from foreign ports.
Here is an overview of the industry from Analyst:
From 2007-2011, the industry grew by a surprising 115%, adding over 4,500 new jobs. Today there are just over 8,500 jobs in this industry at 140 establishments (i.e., places of work). Most of them are in either Florida, California, or Washington. These three states have the highest concentration of these jobs.
- Since ’07, Florida gained nearly 3,000 of the new jobs, which is a 170% increase.
- California also did well — adding over 1,500 new jobs, which is 380% growth in just five years.
- Washington did not add as many jobs (only 3% growth), but the concentration of deep sea passenger transportation employment is very high — about 16 times greater than the average, which means that Washington has a lot more specialization for this jobs than the typical region.
Here is a quick look at the trends for each state and the U.S.
These are some of the top jobs for the deep sea transportation industry:
- Sailors and marine oilers are the most common occupation and comprise nearly 19% of the total industry. Here is a description: SOC 53-5011: Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen..
- Captains, mates and pilots are second making up 14% of the industry.
- Ship engineers are third at just over 10% of the industry.
The simple observation is that the cruise liners and international passenger transport companies are doing pretty well — or at least hiring more U.S.-based workers. This data also seems to be telling us that more people are taking to the sea, likely for vacations or other international travel. It would be interesting to see if our current economic woes are driving more people to these types of vacations. Are they opting for cruises as opposed to vacations to Europe? Or are the cruise lines offering great deals that are just too hard to pass up?
Either way, pretty interesting stuff.