There are two ways to go about obtaining a medical job on cruise ships. You can sign with a placement agency or you can monitor the job listings page on cruise line websites. Either way, if you have the education, skills, and experience required, most cruise lines would be happy to speak with you. Why? Most cruise lines carry thousands of passengers and crewmembers each month. This means, each vessel has a fully equipped and staffed “hospital” at sea.
Medical jobs on cruise ships are located in the Personal Care Department. The Personal Care Department also includes spa, fitness, and beauty personnel. The medical staff consists of principal medical officers (PMO), medical officers (doctors), nurses (including a senior nurse), medical orderlies, medical dispenser (petty officer), dentists, and physiotherapists. These individuals work full-time and they have a strong accident and emergency background. Principle medical officers and medical officers earn six figures or more annually and nurses earn around $33,000+ per year. Medical orderlies earn an annual salary of $15,000 per year. Dentists earn an average of $4,800-$7,000 per month.
Medical professionals on cruise ships earn a handsome salary plus paid accommodations and meals, and discounts on other services. They also receive health benefits, free travel to exciting destinations, and free air travel to and from the ship. This perk comes in handy for many cruise ship medical professionals that only work at sea part-time.
If you would like to sign up with a placement agency, click here to read our article How to Choose a Placement agency for Cruise Jobs. If you would prefer to search for a position on your own, continue reading to find out how to get started.
If you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website first. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and search around for job postings. Most cruise line websites have a career center or job postings page. If the cruise line lists job openings, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions are typically passed over in favor of those that do. If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.
To compare cruise ship contracts for medical positions, visit Cruise Ship & Maritime Medicine at www.acep.org. They can be reached by phone at 305-474-5757 or fax 305-474-5755. The mailing address is 4822 NW 167th Street, Miami, Florida 33014, USA.
For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online.
Note: This site charges a fee for its services. The cost to apply directly to the cruise line is always free.