Divers and Diving Technicians

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Divers and diving technicians perform a wide variety of underwater jobs, both in oceans and in fresh water, using special underwater breathing equipment. The jobs include offshore oil well piping, building and repair of foundations and other underwater construction, salvage work, and ship repair and service. Diving technicians may serve as "tenders," or support workers, for divers. They often act as intermediaries between administrative, scientific, or engineering staff and other skilled workers in a wide range of marine activities. They are expected to be familiar with the many aspects of diving and its related equipment and must also be able to perform numerous skills while underwater.

Many divers also work as recreation specialists, teaching diving classes to the general public and supervising diving activities for resorts and cruise ships.

Approximately 3,450 commercial divers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Perform a wide variety of underwater jobs in oceans and in fresh water; plan and supervise dives
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are greatest on the coasts
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Participation in a summer cooperative work-study program of supervised ocean dives during college will be useful
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Contractor or Consultant
  • Lead Diver or Supervisor of Surface Support
  • Diver
  • Diving Technician
  • Tender/Shop Hand

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