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Depending on where you are, a tugboat captain can clear $500k/year, and you'll have a 6 figure pension when you retire. Other hands on jobs that have lots of overtime potential (e.g. police or fire department, oil, welding, etc) can also pay really well depending on your level.

"Tugboat captain" seems like a field that could be fully automated. I found this cool video of a university project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0nA8G2vbsY

That would be a really interesting project to work on. Some Tesla engineers that work on self-driving cars could probably do very well if they started their own company doing this for tugboats, or just the shipping industry in general.

Now that I think about it, autonomous self-flying airplanes should be coming pretty soon. Found this article about it: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/business/airplanes-unmann...

We're going to look back on this period of time and shudder at the thought of humans in the cockpit, or humans working as air traffic controllers.

How much is a tugboat?

I think the term I should've used is "pilot boat captain", or "harbor pilot" actually. The ones by me work for the government. They don't need to provide their own boats.

A lot. But most tug captains work for someone that owns the boat and over time might buy into the boat ownership or buy their own. You can still make a big salary while running someone else’s boat though.

I had a friend who got into working on boats like this. She worked her ass off, but made really good money for someone just starting out.

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