So I have been trying to find out the honest answer to this question, I even called Suny to ask, but I will try my luck here. Right now, I am thinking about either getting a 3rd unlimited and graduate degree at Suny in 3 years, or a 2 year Small Vessel Operations Associates degree and 1600 ton Mate Oceans or Near Coastal Endorsement (Don’t know which but thats for another time). My question is:
Could I easily find employment on a tug at a company like Crowley, or Harvey Marine, and make at least $50 g a year?
Would it be much easier to find employment, and would I be much better paid as a tug operator, to go all the way through the 3 year program and get a 3rd mate unlimited license.
Right now I am thinking if you don’t need a 3rd unlimited to operate a tug then why go that extra year to school and credentialing when you could be out earning, and then through experience I could go 1600 Master --> 3rd Unlimited–> whatever comes after that. Is it really a much better life to start out as a 3rd unlimited?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts and comments on this issue.