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As a woman in scuba diving, your days could be spent as an instructor teaching tourists or as an underwater archeologist and everything in between. Marine biology and touring sunk warships are also popular careers and past times that are observed by those passionate about the sea. Many sea captains also have their certifications.


As a scuba diver you could work in any of the following industries:

  • Water transportation

  • Construction

  • Tourism

  • History

  • Marine Biology

  • Archeology

  • Photography

  • Working for the government in the Coast Guard, as a Marine, or as a first responder

  • Public safety divers

  • Boat captian - dive specific

  • Resorts

  • Water shows to support performers

  • Diving focused archaeology 

  • Manufacturing 

  • Diving physics and psychology 

  • NASA lab support which preps astronauts for space


According to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, as of December 2017, 34% of PADI certifications have been earned by women.


There are recreational groups that explore the ocean and sunken ships, and there are companies such as National Geographic that employ underwater photographers. Learn more about the growth of the commercial diving industry by reading our fact sheet.