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Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats; these occupations require a license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Customer-service skills: Many motorboat operators interact with passengers and must ensure that the passengers have a pleasant experience.
- Hand-eye coordination: Officers and pilots who steer ships have to operate various controls while staying aware of their surroundings.
- Manual dexterity: Crewmembers need good balance to maneuver through tight spaces and on wet or uneven surfaces.
- Mechanical skills: Members of the engine department keep complex machines working properly.
- Physical strength: Sailors on freight ships load and unload cargo. While away at sea, most workers have to do some heavy lifting.
- Visual and Hearing abilities: Mariners must pass vision and hearing tests to get an MMC.
Education and training requirements vary with the type of job. There are no educational requirements for entry-level sailors and marine oilers, but other types of water transportation workers typically complete U.S. Coast Guard-approved training programs.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You are very physically in-shape.
- You enjoy being at sea for extended periods of time.
- You are very good at maintaining order and adhering to safety rules.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?