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Divers work underwater and may develop and maintain commercial structures, carry out marine searches and rescues, instruct dive students, do biosecurity work, and gather seafood.


Newly qualified divers with one to five years’ experience usually earn

$34K-$40K per year

Divers with more than five years’ experience usually earn

$40K-$80K per year

Source: NZ Underwater Assn and NZ Diving & Salvage, 2018.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a diver are average due to it being a small occupation with a steady turnover of workers.
A diver underwater doing welding work on a ship's propeller

A diver welding a rope guard on a ship's propeller (Photo: NZ Diving and Salvage)

Last updated 26 November 2018