Many welders are highly skilled problem-solvers engaged in work that is critical to the nation’s growth, such as energy production, highway transportation, manufacturing and military applications. The welding profession can offer a wide range of opportunities, including careers in engineering, education and the military.
A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in areas around the world. With virtually all construction and manufacturing companies requiring some form of welding, from the production of parts to their maintenance and repair, the field continues to be a thriving industry.
High-tech manufacturing using advanced technology and newly developed materials is creating more uses for a highly educated welding workforce and expanding employment opportunities. Computer skills are increasing in importance as welding professionals become responsible for programming computer-controlled welding machines, including robots and lasers.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be nearly 450,000 welding jobs available in 2014.
According to the National Center for Welding Education and Training, 238,692 new and replacement welding professionals will be needed over the next six years.
The median salary for a welder is $34,000.