Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.
Median Annual Wage: $39,100
Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Related Job Titles: Deckhand; Oiler; Deck Hand; Able Seaman; Able Bodied Seaman (AB Seaman); Able Bodied Watchman (AB Watchman); Bosun; Merchant Marine; Quarter Master; Able Bodied Tankerman (AB Tankerman)