Ballpark Estimate: $8,000 to $20,000
Commercial deep sea diving can be an exciting and challenging career choice. Divers must be willing to undergo extensive training, be willing to work extremely hard, and be able to travel for long periods of time in order to be successful in this endeavor. That hard work can pay off, in time, with salaries that can be quite lucrative compared to other careers with similar training and experience.
The Need For Professional Divers
While many industries today are feeling strained financially, the commercial diving industry is one that is booming. In fact, the demand for qualified divers far exceeds the numbers of jobs available. Part of this need was created when Hurricane Katrina hit in the summer of 2005, severely damaging several hundred oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico that are now in need of divers to help repair.
Of course getting the job is much easier than actually doing it, though. This is because the life of a commercial diver requires many hours of hands-on labor in an environment that is both unforgiving and exceptionally demanding. For instance, if you think welding is an exacting skill at sea level, try doing it in the hostile, cold and inky blackness at 300 to 400 feet below the surface. In addition, working underwater at these depths for several hours at a time and in poor visibility can also be very dangerous.
Different Types Of Dives
Commercial divers must be proficient in a wide array of job skills and must be prepared to work in either inland or offshore diving scenarios.
These are jobs that include work in intercostals waterways such as performing construction work, inspections and repairs of dams, bridges, nuclear power and water plants, pipe line systems, piers, and ships. Periodic inspection of welds and repairing cracks in underwater bridge beams is always an ongoing occupational necessity, as is repairing damage to a bridge’s foundation by the erosive effect of the current carrying away material.
The jobs in this category are more demanding and, as a consequence, are reserved for the more skilled or the younger divers. They involve diving to deeper ocean depths for performing such duties as inspection, installation, and repair of oil drilling platforms and piping. Working from large ocean vessels on search and recovering missions, deep sea salvage operations worldwide, treasure hunting enterprises, or in support of scientific/archeology projects are just some of the work-related duties performed in offshore diving.