• National Median Pay


  • Real Go-Getters Make


  • Hourly wages up to

    +/- 35 HR


  • Review peer research and journals involving current discoveries in the field
  • Collect field and control samples of media and metals in order to perform analyses
  • Identify and report on welding/joining issues
  • Consult with recommendations to correct, mitigate, or improve welding processes
  • Prepare and aggregate reports containing highly technical data to internal and external stakeholders

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

Master’s degree in welding engineering, material science, metallurgy, etc.

Recommended Education

Doctorate degree in welding engineering, material science, metallurgy, etc.

Advanced Education

Strong publication record of peer-reviewed journal papers

Recommended Training

Experience with collaborative research among other centers/organizations

Advanced Training

Experience using laboratory welding equipment for testing and research

Essential Skills

  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to use laboratory welding equipment for testing and research
  • Ability to communicate, present, and publish research
  • Flexible and able to work in a team environment
  • Logical and critical thinker
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills

Work Environment

Many welding research scientists work in a mix of environments that may include research facilities, testing labs, and educational institutions. Frequent travel may be required.

Top Industries



Power Generation, Mining, Energy & Utilities


Automotive, Agricultural, Metal & Steel Production


Training & Education, Engineering, Science and Government, Consulting

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