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Marine Engineers

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Approximately 11,700 marine engineers and naval architects are employed in the United States. Marine engineers work for government agencies and departments (such as the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine, and U.S. Army), defense contractors, private contractors that build water vessels and infrastructure, petroleum companies, firms that do oceanography research, and consulting firms. Some marine engineers work as private consultants and college professors. Many employers are located near coastal areas, although opportunities can be found throughout the country. States with the highest number of marine engineers (in descending order) are Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Washington, and Massachusetts.

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