I am currently a student at a 4 year university and am considering a switch to maritime school. If I go, I would most likely go to SUNY for marine operations on the engine room track and sit for my engineering license. I think I would love the merchant mariner’s lifestyle and have read a lot about it. However, I have heard mixed things about the job market. I’ve heard the US doesn’t have a merchant fleet anymore and thus it is hard to find seagoing jobs (which is what I want). I also see stats and read about how job positions in the industry are growing, and that ship’s engineers graduate maritime school and get great jobs very easily. Which one is closer to the truth? Any guidance and advise would be much appreciated!