Working on board a ship or boat of any kind whether it is a fishing trawler or a luxury cruise liner will require maritime staff to navigate, maintain, and propel the vessel. Maritime jobs are usually split into 2 departments, namely the Engineering Department and the Wheelhouse Department. The engineering crew work predominantly in the engine room and are largely responsible for the safe and smooth running of all the vessels parts. The wheelhouse crew works mainly on the deck, and they have to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel to its destination, as well as the safety of the passengers and other crew members.
Maritime jobs are demanding physically as well as mentally, and require plenty of training and skill in order to secure a job. Once you have an entry level position you can also work your way up the ranks to the highest positions on board. The marine industry is also a vast one, which means that you have plenty of opportunities to find excellent jobs in whatever atmosphere and lifestyle you want. If you enjoy the fast paced life of commercial fishing in Alaska, you can become a deckhand or oiler on one of the trawlers, or working on an oil tanker or container ship, but if you prefer to live in luxury travelling to exotic locations, you can easily find a job working on a private yacht or cruise liner, or even on a river cruise boat.
The different locations and types of marine jobs, means that you have very different ranges of salaries and different ways in which you earn those salaries. For example, some companies pay you a monthly salary with benefits like dental, medical aid, insurance, and bonuses, while some will pay weekly and allow you to earn commission, or some will even allow you to work hourly so that you have more say as to how often you work.
One thing that you have to remember for progression in the maritime industry is that you need to earn a certain number of hours of marine time to get promoted, so working hard to gain that experience is of utmost importance. You also have to be diverse enough to work under all types of situations, and with all sorts of people. You will get crew members from other countries, you might have to work around guests, or be team members with unlikely people. Making sure that you do the job at hand, and do it well is the priority. You will have to apply for maritime jobs with various licenses and qualifications that correlate to the size of the vessel you wish to work on, and the type of vessel, for example: steam turbine, diesel electric, gas turbine, and diesel powered.