Business is Booming: The Growth of the Commercial Diving Industry
If you’ve recently been finding yourself more interested in becoming a commercial diver, you’re not alone. Becoming a commercial diver may only require a comparatively short period of education, but there are a wide variety of occupations this certification opens doorways to. While some commercial divers are in charge of inspecting, repairing and removing structures and equipment in underwater environments they may also work for police departments, salvage companies, film production companies, or a whole host of other industries. With such a wide range of career paths to choose from this one certification, it’s no wonder this industry’s growth in demand and wage continues to rise every year.
Figure 1: Commercial Diving Industry Growth
Sometimes the number of people seeking one particular career can greatly outnumber the demand business have for that particular position. When it comes to commercial diving, however, the broad range of industries, occupations, and career paths this certification fits into allows for plenty of room for growth. In fact, since 2004 the commercial diving
industry has had an average growth of roughly 3 percent per year in both the private and public sectors. That means that since 2004 alone, the demand for commercial divers has more than doubled. What’s more, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. That growth is expected to continue to increase 17 percent over the next 8 years, with an expected 700 new jobs filled by 2030.
While growth in demand may increase across a wide variety of occupations and industries, not all actually see a correlating steady increase in wage.
Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to commercial diving. In the same time frame that demand for the job has doubled, the average wage increase has far exceeded demand, rising by over 84 percent nationwide. This means that not only are more people seeking qualified applicants for these positions, they are also paying them more than ever. To get an idea of the salary you can expect, the bureau of labor and statistics highlights an average annual salary of $54,800 but commercial divers who perform their jobs well and stick around long term can make over $100,000 a year. Some accomplish this by working seasonally, part-time, or as private contractors for only 120 to 180 days a year.
Figure 2: Commercial Diving Wage Growth by State
If you’re interested in becoming part of this fast-paced, steadily growing, and competitive paying industry, then stay tuned. Professional Diver Training Center is owned and operated by veterans of both the military and Commercial Diving Industries with over 130+ years of experience and we want you to know the truth about what makes a successful commercial diver. While we currently only offer our engineer diver training program to qualified applicants, we are in the process of getting certified by the state of Texas to teach you the ins and outs of the commercial diving industry. Our training course exceeds the expectations and requirements of the ADCI and will help you stand out from your peers. Check back soon!
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