Work On The Water

By Michael Vatalaro

Begin your career on, in, or under the water and — most importantly — around boats, with our comprehensive BoatUS college and trade-school database.

Photo of intern using compass aboard shipPhoto: California State University Maritime Academy

Listen up young people!

If you're nearing the end of high school, and you love spending time on boats, or you love fishing, this news is for you. There's no reason you can't make boats and boating part of your career. Whether you're looking for a four-year degree program, a jumpstart into boatbuilding, or technical boat work, our comprehensive BoatUS database of colleges, trade schools, and maritime academies will get you on your way to starting professional careers in everything from the marine sciences — oceanography, fisheries, marine biology, and so on — to the skilled technical side of boatbuilding, design, repair, and restoration.

Photo of students working on a boat engineInternational Yacht Restoration School

What if you have other academic interests, but still want to go to a school where you can continue your favorite water-borne activity while you pursue your degree? Well, we've covered that, too. Our exclusive BoatUS database lists colleges with active fishing clubs, sailing and waterskiing teams, and much more.

Photo of student in boat engine shopSkagit Valley College

For more information see these two articles: "The Boat Lovers' Guide To American Colleges," and "The Boat Lovers' Guide To Marine Trade Schools," both by BoatUS contributing editor Tim Murphy. These databases tell you about each school, and include links for lots more information. At BoatUS, we're dedicated to helping young people stay in the sport we love, and bring their enthusiasm and potential to the next generation of boating professionals.

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— Published: December 2015

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