What was Gulliver's occupation during the early travels?

Expert Answers
M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

He was a surgeon aboard a ship. It would classify him as both sailor and surgeon, but the fact that the story includes many instances of criticisms against medicine and doctors in general, you can conclude that surgeon was his first and foremost career. He signed up as a ship surgeon and then shipwrecked in Lilliput.