Considering welding as a career? Individuals with comprehensive welding training often have little difficulty securing a job and a stable income. In fact, the country is currently facing a shortage of skilled welders, so the demand for these professionals is high. The welding career path and the impact of welders on the economy is explored in this infographic, “Welding Career Paths: The Ultimate Guide to a Career in Welding,” created by Tulsa Welding School.
A Welder’s Role
Welders join metal parts together using a gas torch, an electrode, or a welding gun. They are responsible for studying blueprints, calculating dimensions, inspecting the quality of completed welds, and maintaining equipment. Compared to bolt and nut fastening, welding is a stronger, lighter, and cheaper process.
Welder Career At a Glance
Welders are predominantly employed in manufacturing, with 61 percent of welders working in this industry. However, welding professionals also work in construction, wholesale trade, and other services. Welding jobs vary by state, and Texas has more welding jobs than any other U.S. state, yet Wyoming has the greatest concentration of jobs. A welder’s skills translate well to numerous industries: a welder may opt to work in industrial plants, ship building, military support, on-board ship maintenance for cruise lines, the petroleum industry, motor sports, or even underwater. The annual median wage for welders is approximately $34,410; however, salaries in high-risk or traveling occupations may reach $200,000 a year.
Welders and Technology
With manufacturing is moving toward automation, it’s not surprising that nearly one-fourth of all U.S. welding is currently automated. However, automation does not mean welders will become obsolete. Welders will be required to perform maintenance, set up, and control many of these automated processes, which will require them to learn high-tech skills.
Skilled Welders Needed