Jobs that Involve Scuba Diving

Jan 18, 2020

SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving is an underwater diving activity that allows participants to breathe underwater. Here we discuss a handful of the different jobs involving scuba diving and how they incorporate the activity.

Career Options that Involve Scuba Diving

While there are not too many jobs that center on scuba diving, there are several additional careers in various fields that may involve scuba diving. Below is a table that provides information about a few of the career options involving scuba diving.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists $63,420 5%
Photographers $34,000 -6%
Police and Detectives $63,380 5%
Commercial Divers $49,140 7%-10%
Tour Guides and Escorts $26,570 7%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Jobs that Involve Scuba Diving

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study a variety of animals, and if they happen to focus their studies on marine life, then scuba diving will likely be involved. They may scuba dive to observe these animals in their natural environments and study the animals' behavior, social interactions or human impacts on the animals' habitat. Zoologists and wildlife biologists often publish their research findings in scientific papers and articles, and their work may be used in the conservation efforts of a species. Positions in this field are available for those with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate, but most research positions need an advanced degree.


Not all photographers will scuba dive, but some that specialize in underwater photography will use scuba diving to capture digital images underwater. Underwater photographers use special underwater cameras and lenses to capture images of wildlife, excursions and more. They are likely to use photo-enhancing software to create quality images, and may market their services and keep a portfolio to attract clients. Most photographers do not need a formal education, but some positions may require a bachelor's degree.

Police and Detectives

The larger category of police and detectives includes police that are members of the Special Response (SR) Diving teams. SR divers are specially trained to carry out underwater investigations and recoveries through scuba diving. These special police officers may be called in to respond to emergencies or recover evidence, and are likely to be required to complete detailed reports of their work. Police and detectives usually need a high school diploma and meet other physical and personal qualification standards, and SR divers need special training through organizations like The National Academy of Police Diving (NAPD).

Commercial Divers

A career as a commercial diver is one that primarily involves scuba diving in order to work on equipment and structures that are submerged underwater. These divers inspect the structures, repair damages, remove old equipment and/or install new equipment, which often requires the use of special underwater welding equipment, drills and other hand tools. Commercial divers may also gather information for experiments or tests, and must carefully maintain their diving equipment to safely perform their job. They need a postsecondary non-degree award and on-the-job training.

Tour Guides and Escorts

Similar to photographers, not all tour guides and escorts will scuba dive, but some may lead underwater sightseeing tours for groups of people using scuba equipment. Tour guides and escorts are responsible for leading people through these areas of interest, answering questions concerning the location and describing the area to the group. These workers also offer directions and make sure that all tourists comply with an area's regulations and safety rules. Tour guides and escorts learn on-the-job and usually have a high school diploma.

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