What they do: Work below surface of water, using surface-supplied air or scuba equipment 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.
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What do they typically do on the job?
- Take appropriate safety precautions, such as monitoring dive lengths and depths and registering with authorities before diving expeditions begin.
- Check and maintain diving equipment, such as helmets, masks, air tanks, harnesses, or gauges.
- Communicate with workers on the surface while underwater, using signal lines or telephones.
Career interests describe the perspectives and interests of people who enjoy the type of work involved in this career.
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People who want to pursue this career have knowledge in these areas.
Engineering and Technology
Building and construction
Math and Science
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
Public safety and security
Whether you have received formal training or not, these types of abilities are helpful in this career.
Hand and Finger Use
Keep your arm or hand steady
Hold or move items with your hands
Listen and understand what people say
Communicate by speaking
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
Notice when problems happen
People who want to pursue this career have skills in these areas.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Changing what is done based on other people's actions
Teaching people how to do something
Work values describe how your core beliefs align with those commonly needed for this career.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
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Data for NSI career cards comes from the following: Idaho Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*NET, MyNextMove, and Career OneStop