Supervise Able Seamen.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$32,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Boatswains do?

Supervises ABLE SEAMAN 911.364-010 and DECKHAND 911.687-022 engaged in cleaning decks and lifeboats, and chipping, scraping, wirebrushing, and painting decks, sides, and superstructure: Examines cargo-handling gear and lifesaving equipment and supervises crew engaged in repairing or replacing defective gear and equipment. May be required to be certified by U.S. Coast Guard as ABLE SEAMAN 911.364-010.

Should I be a Boatswain?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Ship Boss

    How to become a Boatswain

    Most Boatswains have a Certificate or higher. Chart?chd=s:9pdxaa&chl=no+college+%2848%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2818%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,48,48
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