Entry Level Salary
National Median Pay
Real Go-Getters Make
Sources: Emsi, & BurningGlass, 2020
- Apply multiple welding techniques, metalworking concepts, and construction processes.
- Work at considerable heights safely and efficiently
- Analyze and interpret drawings, blueprints, and building codes
- Positioning and tying steel rods, bars or mesh as a support for concrete
- Erection and connecting of metal beams and columns to form structural skeleton
Education & Training
Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:
- Highly motivated and self-directed
- Flexible and able to work in a team environment
- Physically fit and manual dexterity
- Comfortable working with heights
- Mechanically inclined
Many ironworkers work in the field on active construction sites. Opportunities also exist in shop environments.
Christian Gonzalez is an ironworker at the Local 444 in Joliet, IL and explains how he got his start in welding and it has unfolded into a successful career working as an ironworker. Click the video below to see more.
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The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Ironworkers in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Ironworker careers are currently in demand.
Source: BurningGlass, 2020
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