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Ship's Captains

Advancement Prospects

Deckhands with years of experience advance to higher levels, from third mate to chief's mate. They become a ship's captain after meeting work requirements and passing the licensing exam. Once in the job, ship's captains may advance by changing to different types of ships. If they work for a small, scenic water transportation company, they may explore working for larger ships. Those who work in inland transportation may decide to work for ships that travel overseas. They may advance by securing different licenses to operate large vessels with large passenger and cargo capacities. They may also start their own companies, such as a fishing boat or sightseeing boat company.

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