What Commercial divers Do
Work below surface of water, using surface-supplied air or scuba equipment to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life. Excludes Fishers and Related Fishing Workers, Athletes and Sports Competitors, and Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers.
Commercial diver Salaries
- 2020 employment: 4,000
- May 2021 median annual wage: $60,360
Job Outlook for Commercial divers
Projected employment change, 2020-30:
- Number of new jobs: 700
- Growth rate: 17 percent (Much faster than average)
How to Become a Commercial diver
Education and training:
- Typical entry-level education: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Work experience in a related occupation: None
- Typical on-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
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*Some content used by permission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.