Commercial Divers (49-9092)

Occupation 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. Excludes Fishers and Related Fishing Workers (45-3011), Athletes and Sports Competitors (27-2021), and Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers (33-3051).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 3235 9.41 23
United States 4,1004,500 10.8200 200440

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 26.5714.4917.76 22.7030.5746.56
Alaska 38.9918.6924.97 36.1554.3861.88

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
5423 42.637.8 24.3
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation14
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation11
UI claimants previously working in occupation13
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 181
Number of job position postings 18
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Piledrivers, Bridge, Dock Builders & Divers Local 2520   (Anchorage)
Piledrivers & Diver Apprenticeship