Said divers make good money

Industrial divers: Workplace on the construction site - under water

Let's be honest: the job of an industrial diver is far from romantic. As a rule, they do not see their hands in front of their eyes when working in docks, flooded excavations or underwater construction sites. They often move in very cold water at temperatures that the diving suits cannot withstand. And it is not uncommon for them to risk their lives. Because not only the risk of an accident threatens under water, but also long-term health risks from the constant pressure load when diving.

The professional divers get around a lot, because their workplace is wherever there is construction and repair - just under water. However, the ability to dive alone is not enough. Industrial divers usually have to have trained as a bricklayer, welder, carpenter or similar and have several years of professional experience before they can take the advanced training to become a professional diver.

The training usually lasts two years, takes place in a diving training company and comprises over 300 specialist lessons and around 200 diving hours. In addition to diving basics (e.g. diving medicine, handling diving equipment, working under water), professional divers must also have basic technical knowledge of working equipment and master legal provisions. In addition, there are technical drawings and calculations. Professional divers also have to reckon with around 10,000 euros in training costs, which they usually have to bear themselves. In return, the future income prospects are above average. Salaries of around EUR 10,000 gross monthly and more are the rule.


Profession of the Week

Have you ever seen an explosive ordnance disposal facility or a bird controller at work? Every week we put an unusual job on our series Profession of the Week in front.

Do you have an unusual job or do you know someone who is the last of his or her class, has invented a new profession or has an unfamiliar job? Then write to us and we will soon introduce you and your job in the series!

You can read all the episodes here!

Buy as an e-book

You can also buy the best episodes as an e-book:

Because working underwater is a backbreaking job, professional divers must be in good health. Specifically, this means that you need a medical certificate from diving medicine (the so-called G31 examination). The certificate is a basic requirement for practicing the profession and must be renewed every year. The German DLRG bronze lifeguard badge is also one of the requirements that professional divers must bring with them. Detailed information is provided by the Ordinance on the examination for the recognized qualification of certified diverwhich has existed in Germany since 2000.

And although advanced training to become a professional diver is possible from the age of 21, the majority of diving companies are happy to accept somewhat older applicants. They have a few years of work "in the country" under their belts before they go underwater. Very varied activities await there, because every place of work is different. In addition to docks, excavations or dams, professional divers are also used in dams and offshore on oil platforms and in wind farms on the high seas.

The industry has a lot of potential because skilled workers are being sought. In addition to the good job prospects and excellent earning opportunities, which vary slightly depending on the employer and location, there is, however, a big downside: The job is one of the most dangerous and physically demanding in this country. In addition, industrial divers are often absent from home for long periods of time.

  • Salary: employed professional divers start with at least 2,500 euros gross per month, often more. Those who work a lot and / or have special assignments and locations can earn up to 10,000 a month.
  • Working hours: The working hours for industrial divers depend on the employer and location. For example, anyone who is offshore on an oil rig works there for 14 days and then has 14 days off.
  • Training: For the two-year training as a professional diver you need a successfully completed professional training, several years of professional experience, must be at least 21 years old and have the necessary health requirements.