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Diver ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Repairs, constructs, and inspects ships while working under water. Usually specializes either as a scuba diver, who works just below the surface, or as a deep sea diver, who may work for long periods of time in depths up to 300 feet.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Performs search and rescue activities.
  • Recovers sunken equipment.
  • Patrols the waters below ships at anchor.
  • Inspects, cleans, and repairs ship propellers and hulls.
  • Assists with underwater construction of piers and harbor facilities.
  • Surveys rivers, beaches, and harbors for underwater obstacles.
  • Uses explosives to clear underwater obstacles.
  • Conducts underwater research.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Using muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Seeing objects or movement to one's side when looking forward
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel