I was tentatively offered a permanent full-time position with NOAA to work as an AB aboard the Oscar Dyson based outta Kodiak, AK. I was quick to accept the offer and am going through the hiring process. Just last week I got an email from a recruiter from MSC asking if I was interested in an AB position with them. I did a little research and asked around on reddit and got mixed reviews. Most say NOAA would be more kush and relaxed with more time off but less pay than MSC and that MSC would be working more with more overtime but hard to get time off if they can’t find replacements for your scheduled time off.
My only martime experience is 10 yrs of commercial fishing in Alaska waters and as the Oscar Dyson is a research vessel/trawler here in AK I know I would be more familiar with the fishing operation minus the research part. I think NOAA would be exciting cause I do like science and feel like it could lead something more in the research field.
But then again with MSC I would be able to see the world while getting paid(as some put it) and wouldn’t be confined to only the state of AK. But I would be at sea alot more. Someone who hasn’t worked for either one asked me if I want to be taking orders from some Navy dickhead. I don’t think that would be the case…maybe he doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Do Navy officers run the CIVMAR vessels?
I found this article which makes me a little iffy about MSC
Ultimately I am looking for the operation where I can move up the ranks and have an enjoyable way of life.
What are pros and cons of both operations?
Looking for suggestions so I can solve this dilemma.