Welding is a career that offers more choices of industries to work in and advancement opportunities than just about any other career choice.

Welding is a career that offers more choices of industries to work in and advancement opportunities than just about any other career choice.

Zach started his career as a welder’s apprentice at a local shipyard that repairs nuclear submarines. “They run you through all of the training while you’re collecting a paycheck. It’s a pretty motivating process.”

-Zach, Welder 

2022 Average Annual Salary *

Welder Combo: $73,531
Welder – Structural/Fabricator: $62,446 
Welder – Pipe: $70,482

* NCCER Salary Survey

Education *

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, combined with technical and on-the-job training, to enter the occupation.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work Environment *

Welders and cutters may work outdoors in all types of weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area designed to contain sparks and glare.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Job Outlook *

About 49,200 openings for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

Welders use blueprints and drawings to build anything from ships to cars to bridges. Welders play a crucial role in maintaining a variety of power plants and have the opportunity to travel throughout the year.

With the number of craft professionals needed on the rise, there is no better time to enter the industry, especially welding.

The American Welding Society (AWS) estimates that there will be a shortage of more than 375,000 welders by 2023. With opportunity knocking at your door, this makes welding a perfect career choice.

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