Career Details

Boat Captain (Resort)

Career Overview

The boat captain in this video, Ben, works at a resort. His job is to take tourists out on the boat on dolphin and sunset cruises. In addition, he has to keep the boat clean and maintained. Because this work is so specialized, the salary figures are only general estimates.


A license or certificate is needed to be a boat captain. This may require that one attend school and have a certain amount of previous experience on a boat.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$26,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Public Speaking
  • Trade-related courses
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Future Outlook

There is likely a lot of competition for this type of a boat captain because it is seasonal and only available in certain areas.

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Work Environment

Boat captains work on boats. :) At times this may require working in bad weather. Also, as Ben mentions in the video, at times he has to clean up the boat after seasick tourists get sick!


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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