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Sailor Job Description

A sailor is a low ranking member of the crew of a commercial or naval ship or boat, especially one who is below the rank of officer. A sailor works under an officer and assist them in the operation of a water vessel.

A sailor should be calm, clever, patient, observant, adaptable and careful, and have the ability to think and work quickly. They should be physically fit and healthy to cope with the physical demands of their job. They should also have basic understanding of mechanical systems to maintain and repair ship and deck equipment.

What does a Sailor do?

Sailors may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Sailors work on sea-going vessels such as passenger ships, tankers and freighters. They may work in all weather conditions and in small and cramped spaces on ships. They usually travel and may be away from their family and home for long periods of time. Their work can be dangerous, as they risk falls, fire, collisions, and sinking.

What is Required to Become a Sailor?

There are no specific entry requirements to become a sailor, as skills are learned on the job.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Sailors need to have:


Alternative Careers

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