- Master, or captain and second officer or second mate
- Chief officer or chief mate
- Third officer or third mate
What do they do?
Yes, a captain is the most important person of a ship but a captain cannot take the ship to its destination safely unless he is supported by an able team. As a navigator you would be responsible for the safe journey of a ship. You will be assist and advise captain on estimated time and path to the destination. You will also be in charge of maintenance of the ship’s nautical charts, publication and equipments. You will also remain in touch with the port and will report on the progress of the ship.
- You have to be physically and mentally tough as you will be away from home for long periods and face certain hazards/ risks at sea. However, senior officers are allowed to take family on ship - conditions apply
- Possess leadership qualities
- Have an aptitude for people and material management
- Be adaptive and willing to live with people from different cultures and backgrounds in the confined spaces of a ship. You should be able to stay away from your family for long periods
How do I get there?
Typical day in the life of a Marine Navigator
Pros & Cons about this career
Well-paying, adventurous work Travel around the world; international exposure Work for about six months at a stretch and rest for four
Sailing for days can be physically and mentally exhausting. It’s tough being away from family and society Not as many job options on shore as there might be for engineers