Divers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Divers work under water. Underwater missions undertaken by military divers can be very dangerous. They perform such tasks as reconnaissance, demolition, ship repair, search for missing persons, and salvage in underwater conditions. They usually specialize in either scuba diving or deep-sea diving.

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Work Environment

Divers work under water. However, they plan and prepare for work on land or aboard ships. Because diving is not usually a full-time job, divers often have another job specialty in which they work.

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

Comparable Industries

  • Other Support Services
  • Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Divers in the Military

34,788

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Salary

Average Salary

$52,725

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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%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for divers consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in diving and repair work. Training content varies depending on specialty and may include: Water adaptabilityAir and mixed gas divingUse and maintenance of tools and diving equipmentUnderwater welding and cuttingUse of explosives for underwater demolitionRecompression chamber operationsShip maintenance repair and salvage

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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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