Cruise Ship Captain
Tasks and Duties:
Holds the ultimate responsibility for his/her vessel; operates the ship as well as oversees the passengers and crew; final authority for everyone on board including officers, mates, crew, and passengers; responsible for safe transportation of ship's passengers and cargo.
Post secondary degree at a merchant marine academy OR 1000 hours as a deckhand, licensure is required.
Strong leadership skills, management skills, communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, ability to stay calm under pressure, technical maritime knowledge.
Additional Training Required?
Licensure, Coast Guard license, STCW-95 license.
Hours per week:
Most are about 10 hour days, but can reach 12-14 hours a day.
Physical Activity Required:
Work on feet, able to sit still, focus intently on controlling ship
Long hours, at sea for several days at a time, being on feet for extended periods of time, can be inside or outside, depending on what one is doing.
Personal Qualities/Interests Necessary:
Must love to be out at sea, good people skills, hospitality, interested in ships, enjoy travel
Specific Education Programs:
California Maritime Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy
13% expected job growth for all water transportation workers
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