Mess Attendant

Serve foods to officers and crews aboard ship.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $30,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Mess Attendants do?

Serves food to officers and crew aboard ship: Prepares hot and cold drinks, and fruits, for serving, and sets tables for meals. Serves food. Washes glassware and silverware after meals, cleans messroom, and disposes of trash and garbage. Makes beds and cleans bedrooms and bathrooms assigned to ship’s officers. May be designated according to area in which work is performed or personnel served as Mess Attendant, Crew; Mess Attendant, Officers’ Room; Mess Attendant, Officers’ Salon.

Should I be a Mess Attendant?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • 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: Mess Attendant, Crew, Mess Attendant, Officers' Room, Mess Attendant, Officers' Salon, Pantry Attendant

    How to become a Mess Attendant

    Most Mess Attendants have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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