Cruise Ship Workers

Cruise ship workers provide services to passengers on cruise ships. Besides assisting in the operation of the ship, they may serve food and drinks, maintain cabins and public areas, lead shipboard activities, and provide entertainment. There are 82,600 water transportation workers, and more than 339,100 recreation workers, including cruise ship workers, employed in United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Titles vary by occupation
Duties Duties range from piloting and maintaining a ship to entertaining and caring for passengers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major port cities
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • Sociology
Experience Prior experience in service industry
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements A valid U.S. passport; Transportation Worker Identification Credential
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Cruise Director
  • Social Staff
  • Junior Social Staff
  • Housekeeping

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