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Commercial Divers - 49-9092.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Commercial Diver
  • Dive Superintendent
  • Dive Supervisor
  • Diver
  • Diver Tender
  • Diving Supervisor
  • Hard Hat Diver
  • Non Destructive Testing Under Water Welder (NDT U/W Welder)
  • Salvage Diver
  • Tender

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Carry out non-destructive testing, such as tests for cracks on the legs of oil rigs at sea.
  • Check and maintain diving equipment, such as helmets, masks, air tanks, harnesses, or gauges.
  • Communicate with workers on the surface while underwater, using signal lines or telephones.
  • Cultivate or harvest marine species or perform routine work on fish farms.
  • Cut and weld steel, using underwater welding equipment, jigs, and supports.
  • Descend into water with the aid of diver helpers, using scuba gear or diving suits.
  • Drill holes in rock and rig explosives for underwater demolitions.
  • Inspect and test docks, ships, buoyage systems, plant intakes or outflows, or underwater pipelines, cables, or sewers, using closed circuit television, still photography, and testing equipment.
  • Inspect the condition of underwater steel or wood structures.
  • Install pilings or footings for piers or bridges.
  • Install, inspect, clean, or repair piping or valves.
  • Obtain information about diving tasks and environmental conditions.
  • Operate underwater video, sonar, recording, or related equipment to investigate underwater structures or marine life.
  • Perform activities related to underwater search and rescue, salvage, recovery, or cleanup operations.
  • Perform offshore oil or gas exploration or extraction duties, such as conducting underwater surveys or repairing and maintaining drilling rigs or platforms.
  • Recover objects by placing rigging around sunken objects, hooking rigging to crane lines, and operating winches, derricks, or cranes to raise objects.
  • Remove obstructions from strainers or marine railway or launching ways, using pneumatic or power hand tools.
  • Remove rubbish or pollution from the sea.
  • Repair ships, bridge foundations, or other structures below the water line, using caulk, bolts, and hand tools.
  • Salvage wrecked ships or their cargo, using pneumatic power velocity and hydraulic tools and explosive charges, when necessary.
  • Set or guide placement of pilings or sandbags to provide support for structures, such as docks, bridges, cofferdams, or platforms.
  • Set up dive sites for recreational instruction.
  • Supervise or train other divers, including hobby divers.
  • Take appropriate safety precautions, such as monitoring dive lengths and depths and registering with authorities before diving expeditions begin.
  • Take test samples or photographs to assess the condition of vessels or structures.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Attach rigging to objects so they can be moved.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Gather information about work conditions or locations.
  • Inspect systems to determine if they are operating properly.
  • Install piping for installation or maintenance activities.
  • Install structural foundations.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Record images needed to address work issues.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
  • Repair pipes to stop leaking.
  • Repair structural components.
  • Supervise employees.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Train others in operational procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Survival Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combatant Diver Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Diving Officer (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Special Warfare Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Deep Sea Diving Independent Duty Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Diver (Army - Enlisted)
  • Diver (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Diver First Class (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Diver Second Class (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Diving Officer (Deep Sea, He02) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Diving Officer (General) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Diving Officer (Saturation) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Diving Officer (Ship Salvage) (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Navy - Enlisted)
  • First Class Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Special Warfare Technician (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Marine Engineering Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Master Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Master Saturation Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Master Underwater Construction Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman (Operator) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Ordnance Clearance Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Parachutist/Combatant Diver Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Salvage/Construction Demolition Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Saturation Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Scuba Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Second Class Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Special Warfare Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine SCUBA Diver (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Underwater Construction Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Underwater Construction Technician Advanced (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Underwater Construction Technician Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • URL - Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warfare Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • URL - Special Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Diver
  • Scuba Diver