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Divers and Diving Technicians


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 4,000 commercial divers are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Contractor or Consultant

Lead Diver or Supervisor of Surface Support


Diving Technician

Tender/Shop Hand

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