Commercial Divers

General Information

Description

Work below surface of water, using scuba gear 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.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit67.54%
  2. Self-employed18.31%
  3. Federal government5.46%
  4. State and local government5.23%
  5. Private, not for profit3.01%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Other Support Services
  • Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$29,510

Military salary*

$52,860

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State-by-state Salary

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$85,780
$17,930
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 72%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • High school 7%
  • Bachelor's degree 5%
  • Some college 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Building and Construction
  • Physics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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