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Diver jobs & careers

With various projects on the go, Divers work either inland or close to the shore (inshore), or at sea (offshore). Their experience and training will dictate what work is available to them.

Virtually all divers are self-employed, and most work is on a short-term contract basis. It is essential that you are flexible and prepared to travel when looking for work. As almost all diving companies are centred around coastal ports and harbours it makes sense to live in or near the coast.

Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of businesses:

  • Offshore oil and gas industries
  • Civil engineering and construction
  • Marine and archaeological research
  • Film, TV and photography
  • Police divers
  • Military divers

There are also opportunities to become a diving instructor. For those prepared to travel overseas there are some opportunities, particularly in Australia and the Indian Ocean.

Annual earnings for divers depends on how many days per year they work, but the general range is as follows:
  • Inshore divers and instructors, ?50 to ?150 a day.
  • North Sea oil and gas industry, about ?170 a day.
  • Divers with 300 days offshore experience and 150 approved dives can earn up to ?270 a day.

For more information on training and employment opportunities contact the following:
  • The Underwater Centre
  • Cogent
  • Nautical Archaeology Society
  • International Marine Contractors Association
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • Health and Safety Executive

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