Maritime High School
615 S 200th Street Des Moines, WA 98198

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Maritime High School
615 S 200th St Des Moines, WA 98198

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Why Maritime?

The Maritime industry is the third largest economic driver in the state with a current workforce that is retiring.

The Maritime industry offers the following:

  • Good living wages
  • Jobs in & out of the water
  • Cool jobs with traveling
  • And more!

Abundant Opportunity

The maritime industry is a pillar of the state’s economy, yet workforce gaps threaten the sector. Over 800 maritime businesses in King County alone provide 19,500 jobs that pay on average $82,800 per year, substantially better on average than other state industries. The maritime industry projects a job shortage of 150,000 mariners by 2025, as the sector continues to grow an average of 6.4% a year, buoyed by the latest technologies. Maritime High School will address the workforce gap by training today’s students for well-paid, meaningful, and lasting careers. 


Humanity faces a great and urgent challenge as we confront the effects of climate change and heed the call for environmental justice. Students are well-poised to craft solutions with a multidisciplinary lens to address highly interdependent environmental, social and economic elements of our region and the world. Leaders in safeguarding a sustainable future, students will be prepared to advance environmental justice and prioritize social cohesion for a more responsible future for generations to come.

The global response to climate change will be waged on, in, and around the ocean. Maritime industries will be essential to creating climate solutions, from sustainable fisheries to efficient and clean movement of goods and people over the water, and the development of offshore renewable energy sources. Students will understand how to simultaneously promote economic growth and social inclusion, and be part of the solution to end the catastrophic consequences of climate change.

Sarah Scherer, Maritime and Manufacturing Advocate at the Seattle Office of Economic Development.

Interview with Delmas Whittaker, Marine Maintenance Department