Whether you love being on the water or in it, have you ever thought of building your career around it? There are some really great jobs for water babies who love the thought of getting wet. Not all of these involve minimum wage either: there are plenty of lake, river and ocean jobs that pay really well. Here are some of the highest paying jobs if you love the water.
Marine Biologist ($40,000 to $98,000 per year)
To apply for marine biologist jobs, you need to study for a B.Sc. in marine biology, which is normally offered at one of Canada’s coastal universities. Your job will then entail studying marine organisms and according to PayScale, you can expect to earn between $40,000 and $98,000 per year in Canada.
Naval Architect ($85,776 to $119,800)
According to Talent, naval architects typically make between $85,776 to $119,800 per year.
Marine Engineer ($49,400 to $110,250)
A handful of coastal universities in Canada offer degrees in marine engineering and according to Talent, you can expect to earn between $49,400 to $110,250 per year.
Commercial Diver ($49,000 to $97,000)
Many commercial divers work for gas and oil companies and according to PayScale, they can make between $49,000 to $97,000 per year.
The first step in becoming a commercial diver is to take a basic diving course, which you can do at many beautiful island destinations. Then you need to take more advanced and specialized diving courses.
Oceanographer ($78,130 to $138,659)
Transportation Engineer ($51,000 to $93,000)
Not many universities offer degrees in transportation engineering, but you can obtain a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and get hands-on experience with a transportation company instead. PayScale says that transportation engineers in Canada earn between $51,000 and $93,000 per year.
Ship Captain ($51,000 to $167,000)
PayScale says that ship captains in Canada can earn between $51,000 and $167,000 per year.
Marine Manager (Starting at approx. $78,902)
In this job, you will be overseeing the fleet’s operations and make sure that they comply with international regulations. Several universities in Canada offer bachelor’s degrees in logistics or business management and you can obtain a master’s in marine management at Dalhousie University or the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
According to Indeed, marine managers in Canada can earn wages starting at around $78,902 per year.
Geoscientist ($71,000 to $91,287)
It is one of the highest paying jobs for newcomers and Talent says that geoscientists in Canada make between $71,000 to $91,287 per year. Various Canadian universities offer degrees in geosciences.
Aquatic Veterinarian ($60,000 to $121,000)
To become an aquatic veterinarian, you first need to become a veterinarian, which requires a degree from one of Canada’s vet schools. You can then continue your studies in an aquatic field or gain practical experience and intern at an institution like an aquarium.
Veterinarians have one of the highest paying in-demand jobs in Canada, with the vet salaries in Canada ranging from $60,000 to $121,000, according to Payscale.
Ship’s Doctor (USD $$179,024 to USD $247,844)
Because the large cruise lines tend to be based out of the United States or Europe, you probably won’t get paid in Canadian dollars — which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Royal Caribbean Group based out of Fort Lauderdale pays their ship’s doctors between US$179,024 and US$247,844, according to Glassdoor.
Optical Engineer (Average $90,806 salary)
Several universities in Canada offer courses in optical science. Indeed says that in Canada, optical engineers earn an average of $90,806.
Ecologist ($69,504 to $86,391)
Various universities in Canada offer courses in ecology and Talent says you can earn between $69,504 to $86,391 per year.
Aquarist ($30,076 to $43,217)
With a salary of between $30,076 to $43,217 per year, this isn’t the highest paying job but even the best perks Canadian companies offer can’t beat being able to interact with dolphins, seals and turtles every day.
Underwater Archaeologist ($44,363 to $100,980)
To become an underwater archaeologist, you first need to obtain your archaeology degree. Then you need to study for a master’s degree in underwater archaeology but because no university in Canada offers a course like this, you’ll have to be prepared to study abroad. According to Talent, archaeologists in Canada earn between $44,363 to $100,980 per year. One of the best things about this job is that it doesn’t involve sitting at a desk.
Underwater Welder ($72,251 to $126,336)
There are several diving schools in Canada that offer not only dive training but also certification courses in underwater welding.
According to SalaryExpert, underwater welders in Canada can earn between $72,251 to $126,336 per year.
Marine Mechanic ($45,825 to $111,953)
Several trade schools in Canada offer certificate courses for marine mechanics. According to Talent, you can earn between $45,825 to $111,953 per year.
Marine Pilot ($80,738 to $142,961)
To become a marine pilot in Canada, you can start working on vessels as a deckhand. As you gain experience and work your way up, you can apply with the pilotage authority in your area, since requirements vary.
SalaryExpert says that marine pilots in Canada make between $80,738 to $142,961 per year.
Swimsuit Model ($39,000 to $100,000)
According to Talent, models in Canada earn between $39,000 to $100,000. Swimsuit models typically earn towards the higher end of the scale.