Deck Cadet

Learn and perform all deck and navigational duties aboard ship.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$31,000 – $117,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Deck Cadets do?

Learns and performs all deck and navigational duties aboard ship under supervision of deck officer to become eligible for U.S. Coast Guard license and position as MATE, SHIP: Observes loading and unloading of cargo holds to learn methods of handling and stowing of cargo. Inspects lifesaving and visual-signaling equipment for defects. Directs crew engaged in repair of defective equipment. Stands watch during specified periods while ship is underway. On graduation from maritime academy and successful completion of license examination, is eligible for position as MATE, SHIP.

Should I be a Deck Cadet?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Cadet, Deck

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