A petty officer is a non-commissioned navy officer. He/She is the backbone of the United States Navy. He/She serves as the link between the junior enlisted ranks and the officer corps. Furthermore, he/she reviews and prioritizes division jobs daily. Also, he/she supervises the daily activities of the junior sailors. Asides from that, he/she handles the more demanding parts of the division's work. Being the senior trainer of the division, he/she may handle training the junior sailors in basic skills. The petty officer may have direct supervisory control over the junior personnel.
To become a petty officer, you must have six to fourteen years of experience. You will be expected to meet all the requirements for becoming surface warfare qualified. The rank of the petty officer is divided into six increasing higher ranks, starting from the E-4 to the E-9. Petty officers make an average salary of $59,236 per annum. It ranges between $38,000 and $93,000.