Competent welders and welding machine operators who understand processes and equipment are in demand due to the economy's constant need for manufacturing as well as the ongoing construction of buildings and other structures.
Types of Employment
The welding industry includes:
- Fabricated metal product manufacturing
- Transportation equipment manufacturing
- Machinery manufacturing
- Architectural and structural metals manufacturing
Places of Employment
Licensed welders find employment as welding technicians for:
- Manufacturing firms
- State and county highway departments
- Private business owners
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, welders held about 357,400 jobs in 2012.
See more details in the Occupational Outlook Handbook: Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Braziers.
Updated June 29, 2015