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Sailors and Marine Oilers

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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.


  • Some merchant mariners spend extended periods at sea; others operate boats close to port and go home at night.
  • Entry, training, and educational requirements for many water transportation occupations are established and regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Excellent job opportunities are expected, especially for marine officers.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $36,800/yr ($18.40/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma