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Welding

What Welders Do

Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary, depending on the industry. The most common and simplest type of welding today, arc welding, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld is normally determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place.

Work Environment

Welders may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area designed to contain sparks and glare. When working outdoors, they may work on a scaffold or platform high off the ground. In addition, they may have to lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions while bending, stooping, or standing to work overhead.

How to Become a Welder

Training for welding ranges from a few weeks of school or on-the-job training for low-skilled positions to several years of combined school and on-the-job training for highly skilled jobs.

Pay

The median annual wage of welders was $35,450 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of welders is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Quick Facts: Welders
2010 Median Pay $35,450 per year
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 337,300
Job Outlook, 2010-20 15% growth rate

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