Divers swim underwater to undertake tasks such as seafood gathering, research, salvage and construction.

Specialisations: Abalone Diver, Clearance Diver (Navy), Fisheries Diver, Hyperbaric Welder Diver, Offshore Diver, Onshore Diver, Pearl Diver, Saturation Diver, Scientific Diver.

You can work as a Diver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Performs mechanical, construction, repair and inspection duties using hand tools, cutting and welding equipment and hydraulic or air powered equipment.
  • Secures cables or floatation devices to objects to raise them to the surface.
  • Dives in diving bells and operates articulated arms to perform tasks.
  • Controls equipment at the surface for other divers.
  • Carries out other underwater duties such as surveys, searches, blasting and collection of scientific or exploratory samples and operates underwater equipment including video and television camera and sonar gear.

All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

  • $1,146 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Divers

  • 950 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Divers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,000 in 2011 to 950 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Divers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Public Administration and Safety; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing25.2
Public Administration and Safety23.9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing18.9
Construction11.2
Other Industries20.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDiversAll Jobs Average
NSW26.731.6
VIC14.325.6
QLD19.220.0
SA8.37.0
WA19.210.8
TAS10.22.0
NT1.71.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDiversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.05.0
20-248.1-9.39.3
25-3439.6-22.922.9
35-4426.2-22.022.0
45-5414.6-21.621.6
55-594.6-9.09.0
60-643.3-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDiversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree10.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV32.6-21.121.1
Year 1221.6-18.118.1
Year 113.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below11.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Diver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Registration with Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) is needed to work as a Diver.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • first aid certificate
  • CPR certificate
  • fitness test
  • swimming test

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    72% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Building and Construction

    64% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Physics

    62% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    49% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    49% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    94% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    92% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  3. Contact With Others

    92% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    91% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    90% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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