Divers and Diving Technicians


Overview

Divers and Diving Technicians

Introduction

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....

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Median Salary

$49,140

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Participation in a summer cooperative work-study program of super


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Skills

Building/Trades


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Personality Traits

Athletic

Earnings

Earnings in this career vary widely and depend on factors such as location, nature of the job, and the technician's skills or experience. A technician working in commercial diving might work almost any place in the oceans, rivers, and lakes of the world, although in the United States there is much work to be found in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Louisiana coastline, areas close to offshore wel...

Work Environment

Commercial divers must possess numerous technical job skills. Working conditions may vary tremendously depending upon the nature of the work, the duration of the job, and the geographic location. Recreation specialists are frequently responsible for the welfare of inexperienced divers. Although they may work in a resort, under seemingly idyllic conditions, satisfying the needs of a group of div...

Outlook

The world is increasingly turning to the sea to supply mineral resources, new and additional sources of food and medicine, transportation, and national defense. This growth in marine activity has resulted in a continuing demand for qualified divers and diving technicians. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment for commercial divers will grow by 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, or fast...

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