Welder Career Field

Welders use heat to melt and fuse together metals. Two out of three welders are employed in a manufacturing industry. Welding is used in a huge variety of manufacturing processing from creating cars to building ships. Welding is also used in the construction of large buildings like skyscrapers and bridges.

Educational Requirements

Certification in welding from a trade school or vocational training center (Less then 6 months)
High School Diploma or Equivalent

Welders need to be physically strong and have excellent hand and eye coordination. Some welders actually gain excellent experience in high school welding classes. Employers also like to hire welders with college or trade school certifications in welding. These programs generally only last a few weeks or months. Computers are also becoming more critical to welders as manufacturing companies utilize more and more computers in their actual design and manufacturing processes.

Educational Courses

Welding Design Skills
Welding Safety Skills
First Aid Skills
Reading of Design Schematics
Computer Skills

Employment Statistics

Number Employed welders in 2008: 466,400
Projected Employment of welders through 2018: 455,900
Average hourly pay for welders in 2008: $16.13

Great Colleges

ITT Technical Institute
Ferris State University
Dunwoody College of Technology
Utah State University
Arkansas Tech University

Related Careers

Assemblers and fabricators
Computer control programmers and operators
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers
Machine setters, operators, and tenders—metal and plastic

Article Reference: bls.gov







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