What architects and construction managers are to buildings, shipwrights are to ships and boats. Shipwrights are generally responsible for designing and implementing the creation of boats and ships for a variety of uses. Typically, they are commissioned to create the boat based on functions, such as shipping, commercial fishing, pleasure craft, or even racing, and then design the boat and supervise its construction.
Some shipwrights work through a fairly long apprenticeship system within a shipyard. This can be an arduous process involving much manual labor as the apprentice learns the ropes. In modern practice, many prospective shipwrights will seek out vocational and technical training, typically at schools in close proximity to shipyards, in this career field.
The period of 2019-2029 should see the annual employment growth rate at around .6%.
Most ship-building construction takes place at shipyards and dry docks.