The Northwest Marine Trade Association is organizing a career fair at the Seattle Boat Show on Feb. 1 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle that will feature 25 local marine-related businesses with more than 75 full-time positions and many seasonal ones available.
NMTA president George Harris said 2015 appears to be the fourth consecutive year that Washington state new-boat dealers had a year-over-year increase in unit sales and the best year since 2009 for new boat sales, including an increase of 24 percent from 2014.
Other affiliated businesses — local boatbuilders, yacht outfitters, boatyards and others — are seeing similar growth, creating many job opportunities, he said.
The immediate openings are for all facets of the business, such as sales, customer service, administration and some seasonal jobs, but most of the need and open positions are skilled marine technicians, experienced mechanics and skilled laborers (fiberglass work and repair, welding, glazing, rigging and painting).
The trade group is getting the word out that industry jobs are well paid, with $70,800 being the average annual salary of maritime employees in Washington — more than $20,000 above the average wage.
Twenty-five local marine-related businesses will attend the fair.