Choosing a Career in Welding

Welding is a growing field with plenty of opportunities in different industries. Anyone who likes to build things, explore creative side of things, and enjoy physical jobs can take up a career in welding. The career outlook and future of welders is very promising as more and more people are required in manufacturing and construction industries.

Both a challenging and rewarding career, welders are exposed to a lot of diversity and potential jobs can lead them to different places around the world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021) estimates welding jobs to grow by 8% between 2020 and 2030. This means there will be plenty of job opportunities to choose from.

Career Requirements

Educational RequirementsHigh School Diploma
Area of StudyMathematics, Geometry, Processes & procedures of welding, industrial and fabrication industries
Licensure/CertificationCertification and License is mandatory
Experience/TrainingTechnical on-the-job training
Key SkillsAttention to detail, mathematical skills, communication and teamwork, hand-eye coordination, handling tools and equipment, physical strength and endurance, technical skills
Annual Mean Salary (2021)$ 48,290 per year
Job Outlook (2020 – 2030)8%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021) and O*Net Online

Welders Salary and Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers will see 8% career growth between 2020 and 2030. O*Net Online has projected 49,200 annual job openings for welders in the US.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has placed Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers in the same category, reporting an average annual mean salary of $ 48,290. While it varies from state to state, but due to the nature of job, welders enjoy health insurance, paid leaves, and generous benefits. Below are some of the top paying industries for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

IndustryAnnual Mean Wage 
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution$ 92,130
Natural Gas Distribution$ 88,940
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil$ 87,900
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas$ 80,560
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing$ 77,130

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021)

You can also find information about the top paying states for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

StateAnnual Mean Wage
District of Columbia$ 71,230
Alaska$ 70,490
Hawaii$ 66,020
Wyoming$ 63,280
North Dakota$ 57,550

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021)

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