Sailor

A sailor, seaman, mariner, or seafarer is a person who works aboard a watercraft as part of its crew, and may work in any one of a number of different fields that are related to the operation and maintenance of a ship.

Sailor
Occupation
Occupation type
Profession
Activity sectors
Military and civilian
Description
CompetenciesPhysical
Stamina
Mindset
Fields of
employment
Navy, civilian companies and organizations
Related jobs
Maritime
Three types of mariners, seen here in the wheelhouse of a ship: a master, able seaman, and harbour pilot.

The profession of the sailor is old, and the term sailor has its etymological roots in a time when sailing ships were the main mode of transport at sea, but it now refers to the personnel of all watercraft regardless of the mode of transport, and encompasses people who operate ships professionally, be it for a military navy or civilian merchant navy, as a sport or recreationally. In a navy, there may be further distinctions: sailor may refer to any member of the navy even if they are based on land; while seaman may refer to a specific enlisted rank.


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