I have a bachelors and masters in chemistry, and was looking at switching into maritime careers. Not sure how I came across this, but I recently learned about the marine chemist occupation, who works in shipyards inspecting boats. This job sounds appealing to me. Are there any practicing marine chemists out there that could offer insight into the line of work? I cannot see and salary data on glassdoor, cannot find any marine chemists on linkedin (from looking briefly and there are no job advertisements). Is this a low paying job, or what? I make good money in research right now but fuck, I really hate my day to day. I just need an okay paying job to be happy.
It looks like to get into the field, you need to either have a bunch of work in a shipyard, which I don’t have–or you have to just have some lab experience testing materials on ships. I see there is actually some Navy jobs on [usajobs.gov](https://usajobs.gov) that I may apply to out of interest. One year of experience is all I would need to move into training for one year under licensed marine chemist. There are a couple small analytical labs where I live that offer marine consulting/chemists/analysis, maybe they could fast track me into this career path? So I should also reach out to them and explain my situation and show them my resume?
It is also appealing if this is a field where down the line I can take my skillset and branch out into my own small operation, continuing freelance type work into retirement.
Just trying to reach out and assess the feasibility of these ideas. If there’s a better sub, please let me know. Thanks in advance.